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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Their 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. They 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.

Last year, St. Michael’s packed 658 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. 

This year our goal is 700 boxes!

You can pick up shoeboxes in the narthex and in the loggia in the Belser Building (by the nursery). Grab a How to Pack a Shoebox brochure for suggestions on what to include in your box. 


Or, you can pack a box online, and still be included in the total for St. Michael’s. Go to this link, St Michaels Online Shoebox, and start packing!.

The Eternal Impact of a Simple Gift

What goes into an Operation Christmas Child shoe box is fun. But did you know that what comes out can change lives forever?

Flourishing Churches – When churches use shoebox gifts to reach out to their communities, God often blesses them with dramatic growth and a great harvest of souls. Nothing energizes a church like a generation of children who love Jesus!

Opening Doors for the Gospel – Through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse has established church networks in over 100 countries to empower pastors, train teachers, supply Bibles, and prepare the way for those who preach the Gospel.

Redeeming Families – Children often invite their parents to attend the churches where they received their shoeboxes. Many struggling families and broken marriages have been restored as mothers and fathers discover how deeply Jesus loves them.

Making Disciples – Samaritan’s Purse developed The Greatest Journey, a 12 lesson Bible study, especially for children who receive shoebox gifts. We teach them how to live for Jesus and share their faith, multiplying the Gospel among their family and friends. 

Visit Samaritans Purse website to find everything you need to share good news and great joy with children around the world, including how to pack a shoebox.  You can discover the destination of your gift by making your $9.00 shipping donation online and learn more about The Greatest Journey, Operation Christmas Child’s follow-up discipleship program.