Charlotte Helps Global Charity Prepare 2.5 Million Christmas Gifts for Children in Need

They are arriving from all over the Carolinas—millions of colorfully wrapped, gift-filled shoeboxes, donated for children overseas who are suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, terror, disease and famine. Motivated by compassion, some 30,000 volunteers will serve in Charlotte preparing each shoebox gift for its journey to the hands of a child in need. The effort is part of Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, which is on a mission to collect enough shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys—for 12 million children this year.

The local charge to share the joy of Christmas with so many children is a cause for celebration, and the Operation Christmas Child Charlotte Processing Center is throwing a party. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, donors, volunteers and community members will gather to hear from project organizers about the life-changing impact of Operation Christmas Child.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. ET

Charlotte Processing Center
7100 Forest Point Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28217



  • Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who has traveled the world delivering shoebox gifts to children in need
  • Shoebox gift recipient Vladimir Prokhnevskiy who grew up in poverty in Ukraine. Now living in the U.S., Prokhnevskiy packs his own shoebox gifts for children in need—giving comes full circle.
  • Carolina kids, who are sending a powerful message to children worldwide by packing shoebox gifts: "You are loved and not forgotten!"
  • Teen and adult volunteers, who are serving to ensure some 12 million children in more than 100 countries will have a Christmas gift this year


  • Millions of colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts bound for children around the world
  • Bustling activity resembling a Christmas workshop, as thousands of volunteers help receive and prepare shoebox gifts for overseas delivery

On-site Media Contact: Alison Geist, 404.277.4557

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 800.353.5949 or visit By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and note of encouragement.

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 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

MEDIA NOTE: For complete media materials including fact sheets and high-resolution, downloadable photos, visit