Volunteers Bring Christmas Joy to 11 Million Children Overseas

U.S. volunteers are celebrating the annual collection of gift-filled shoeboxes that will send a message to children around the world: God loves you, and you're not forgotten!

This year, hundreds of thousands of donors across the U.S. contributed shoebox gifts to the global Christmas project, Operation Christmas Child. The Samaritan's Purse project will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

Although drop-off locations have closed, there is still time to share hope and love with children overseas. People can still participate in Operation Christmas Child by packing a gift-filled shoebox online. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child's specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement. They can also donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Another way to make a worldwide impact is to give the gift of giving. You can purchase a $25 gift card for a family member or friend to pack a shoebox with Operation Christmas Child. These shoeboxes—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—are delivered to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries around the world.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.