Los Angeles Metro Area Celebrates 9.8 Million Christmas Gifts Bound for Children Overseas

16,000 Volunteers Prepare Gift-Filled Shoeboxes for Overseas Journey

Los Angeles metro-area children, families and volunteers host an event to celebrate the 9.8 million shoebox gifts collected for needy children overseas this season—850,000 of which will be prepared for shipment right here in San Bernardino County.

Shoeboxes from around the West Coast region—filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items—are arriving at the San Bernardino County processing center to get ready for a journey around the world. After the gifts are processed and prepared, they will be delivered to children worldwide using whatever means necessary—boat, airplane, train and even elephant.

WHEN: Thu, Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m. PT

WHERE: Operation Christmas Child Processing Center
               4083 E. Airport Dr., Ontario, CA 91761

COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE: 5:30 a.m. Early morning live shots with LA metro-area volunteers and organizers


  • Hundreds of thousands of colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts bound for children overseas.

  • Human chain of local kids helping receive shoebox gifts being donated by local residents.

  • Youth and adult volunteers working to ensure some 9.8 million children in more than 100 countries will have a Christmas gift this year.


  • Alex Nsengimana, a shoebox gift recipient from a Rwandan orphanage who knows the hope a simple shoebox gift can provide. Nsengimana recently traveled back to Rwanda to deliver Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts at his former orphanage and personally offer forgiveness to one of the men who murdered his family during the Rwandan genocide.  

  • Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and author of Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts (B&H Publishing, 2013).

  • LA metro-area 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 hurting children.

On-Site Media Contact: Karen Dye, 404.538.8591 cell

It's not too late to pack a shoebox. The San Bernardino County Processing Center will accept packed shoeboxes until Dec. 18. Or you can go to samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to build a shoebox online and personalize it with a photo and a letter.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts since 1993. Through the power of a simple gift and the message of hope in Jesus Christ, children learn they are loved and not forgotten. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child, call 800.353.5949 or visit samaritanspurse.org