Calif. Kids Look Beyond Toy Wishlist to Half Million Haitian Kids Suffering from Quake/Cholera

Kids Filling Shoebox Gifts This Week for Children in More than 100 Countries, Including Haiti

Before they focus on their own Christmas wish lists, thousands of California kids have a bigger Christmas delivery in mind: 8 million gift-filled shoeboxes for kids suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, poverty and famine, including the youngest victims of the Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak. 

On Tue, Nov. 30, kids will host a celebration at the Orange County Shoebox Processing Center for the world's largest Christmas project, Operation Christmas Child.

WHAT: Southern California kids, families and volunteers gather to celebrate the expected 598,000 shoebox gifts that will be processed in Orange County. For thousands of shoeboxes—filled with toys, school supplies and necessity items-this will be the first stop on the journey. The shoeboxes are then delivered to children in poverty around the world using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, elephants even dog sleds.      

WHEN: Tues, Nov. 30, at 10:30 a.m. PT 

WHERE:  Operation Christmas Child Processing Center
                6001 Oak Canyon, Irvine, CA 92618 

ON-SITE MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Dye, 404.538.8591 mobile


  • 5:30 - 10:30 a.m.—T.V. live shots and interviews with Southern California-area kids, volunteers and organizers


  • Thousands of festively wrapped shoebox gifts; local kid and adult volunteers working to help ensure some 8 million children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, poverty and famine will have a Christmas gift this year 
  • From U.S. children to children in Haiti—Children signing a banner with messages of hope to children in Haiti 
  • Human Chain—Kids moving shoebox gifts from the caring arms of Orange County residents to the waiting arms of children overseas


  • Southern California kids who have learned the "gift of giving" through Operation Christmas Child; volunteers who are putting the finishing touches on shoebox gifts; project organizers who have traveled the world delivering shoebox gifts to needy children, many of whom have never received a present 
  • Shoebox gift recipient from a Russian orphanage who knows the hope a simple shoebox gift can provide. Now 13 years old and living in the U.S. with her adoptive family, she packs shoebox gifts to help hurting children. Giving comes full circle
  • Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and head of Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. Since 1993, the project has delivered more than 77 million shoebox gifts to children in poverty in more than 130 countries. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 800.353.5949 or visit National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 15 — 22; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan's Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina.