Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse. Our mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.

Local ministry partners distribute your shoeboxes to children in their communities. After receiving shoebox gifts, many boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program. Through the program, our local ministry partners are able to establish long-term, caring relationships with children and families by sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Click HERE to learn more about the eternal impact of a shoebox.

There are a few changes to what is allowed in shoeboxes this year. Customs and shipping rules are constantly moving and OCC works hard to ensure that there are minimal delays in boys and girls across the world receiving these precious gifts. To see a complete breakdown of what is in and what is out click HERE.

Shipping Cost Fundraiser

This year the shipping costs for this wonderful ministry have risen to $9.00 per box. Recognizing that this extra cost could put extra burden on those that fill shoeboxes every year; a fundraising page to help offset shoebox shipping cost has been set up through the Samaritan’s Purse/OCC website. If you are able to contribute over and above your regular shipping gifts, please visit the Mid-Texas Area Shoebox link below to conveniently contribute. Using this fundraising website allows an individual to donate privately, contributions go directly to the shoebox ministry, and the donor receives a receipt from Samaritan's Purse/OCC.

Please prayerfully consider giving throughout the year as your finances allow. Please feel free to share this link with family and friends.