Operation Christmas Child


Deliver Good News and Great Joy to Boys and Girls Around the World

Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism discipleship- transforming the lives of children and their families around the world.

That’s what happens through Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers gift-filled shoeboxes  to millions of children who have little or nothing.
Each shoebox is individually packed by someone like you, filled with stuffed animals, balls, small toys, school supplies, and other fun items.

After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are invited to participate in The Greatest Journey, the 12-lesson discipleship program developed by Samaritan’s Purse where they learn how to faithfully follow Christ and share the Gospel with others.
If you have a heart for children and a passion for prayer, I encourage you to get involved in Operation Christmas Child. Learn how to pack a shoebox and where to drop it off during our National Collection Week, November 16-23.

Here are some suggestions of what to put in the box:

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.

A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

Here are some drop off location in the Jacksonville area:

Jacksonville, FL – Kernan Boulevard Baptist Church
Jacksonville, FL – Crown Point Baptist Church
Saint Augustine, FL – Village Church Youth Center
Saint Johns, FL – Fruit Cove Baptist Church
Fleming Island, FL – Hibernia Baptist Church
Jacksonville, FL – North Jacksonville Baptist Church


My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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  1. I love the concept of Operation Christmas Child and have participated for the last two years. This year I’ll be packing two shoeboxes, one for a girl and one for a boy.