Operation Christmas Child

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 146 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.

Find out more about Operation Christmas Child here

You can watch one of their videos here.

Packing Party | Sunday, November 15 | 4-6p

Join us as we pack shoeboxes to share the love of Christ with children around the world. Shoeboxes will be provided. Please bring a 'wow' gift for your box. Check out this shopping list of suggested 'wow' items and other items for your shoebox.

If you have any questions, please contact Christy Farrell.

National Collection Week November 16-23

In 2019, the Columbus area sent 3,264 shoeboxes. What a wonderful way to share the love of Christ with others...the power of a simple gift. What does 2020 hold for our area?

Collection Week Hours

  • Monday, November 16 | 2:00 - 6:00p
  • Tuesday, November 17 | 2:00 - 6:00p
  • Wednesday, November 18 | 12:00 - 4:00p
  • Thursday, November 19 | 11:00a - 4:00p
  • Friday, November 20 | 11:00a - 6:00p
  • Saturday, November 21 | 9:00a - 12:00p
  • Sunday, November 22 | 12:00 - 3:00p
  • Monday, November 23 | 8:30 - 10:30a

Check out these resources for you family, shopping list, coloring sheets and more.




Word Search

Family ideas

Gift Suggestions

Volunteer for Collection Week

There are several opportunities for you to get involved with Operation Christmas Child. 

You can get involved just during collection week or year round.

  • National Collection Week Volunteers

    Are you interested in helping with collection week? Volunteers are needed during the collection times and to help load the trailer on November 22. If you can help or have questions contact Christy Farrell.

  • Year Round Volunteers

    Operation Christmas Child counts on thousands of volunteers to collect and process millions of shoebox gifts every year. These volunteers take on many roles, all with one wonderful purpose: to bring the Gospel to children in need around the world. Volunteer information.

    God has uniquely gifted you—to further His Kingdom! By serving year-round with Samaritan’s Purse through Operation Christmas Child, you will be a part of proclaiming the Gospel in more than 100 countries around the world. Each shoebox gift can bring Good News and great joy to a child in need and their family. Find out more information here.