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The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift — filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

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Do Not Include:

Do not include candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.

Build Online

Participants who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

 
 
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Anyone can pack a shoebox.
Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoeboxes
with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys, such as dolls or soccer balls.

Learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, get your Follow Your Box label
and find the nearest drop-off location at samaritanspurse.org/occ.