Today is #NationalPuppyDay—while you can't include a real dog in your shoebox gift, a stuffed puppy is always a great WOW item.

Check out how much Yuliya loved the puppy she received in her shoebox gift—she even still has it today!

#ShoeboxStories: Yuliya and a Puppy

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).

Read how teachers in Guyana reflect on this scripture as they are trained to share the love of Christ to children and see how Operation Christmas Child is helping!

The Greatest Journey Equips Teachers to Reach Children for the Gospel

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In 2011, over 239,000 shoebox gifts were sent to children living in the Dominican Republic! #tbt
"When I got a colorful shoebox, I remember breaking down and crying because somebody I didn't know gave me a gift. I finally had a gift that belonged only to me. This reminded me of the hope we have in Jesus—that I am chosen, He chose me."
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Margarette received a shoebox gift at an outreach event in the Philippines. She immediately fell in love with her new stuffed puppy—she even fell asleep holding it that same night!
Don't forget to get your tickets to see Facing Darkness on March 30th!

Facing Darkness - Find Theaters & Tickets

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“I love the way the children [bring] The Greatest Gift booklet home. That is the seed—the seed of God's word that enters their house and family. Pray that this seed will grow in good soil and produce more fruit." —Operation Christmas Child staff member, Cambodia
Reserve your tickets today to see the Samaritan's Purse documentary Facing Darkness, premiering next Thursday March 30 for one night only!

Find theaters here: [ Facingdarknessmovie.com Link ]

Facing Darkness - Find Theaters & Tickets

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Meet Anna. When her father died she went to live with her aunt while her mother left to work in another town to try and earn money for the family.

Earlier this year, Anna received a shoebox gift—wrapped in colorful Christmas paper. Her favorite items were a doll, pink flip-flops, and a toothbrush.

For many shoebox recipients, their gift is the first present they've ever received. They have...
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"Our church may be small, but our giving is large!"

Kristy and her church family hosted a dinner as a fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child—what a great idea!
"Never give up and DREAM BIG!! I tell my son this every year! He's been packing boxes since his 4th birthday, and he is 10 now. Here's the picture of the shoeboxes packed after his party this year!!" - Kathryn S.
Did you know? When you pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox for a child, you not only send them the joy that comes from receiving a gift, but also the hope and love of Jesus! Join us this year to bring Good News and Great Joy to millions of children around the world. Get started here: [ Sampur.se Link ]
What goes into the box is fun, what comes out is eternal! Learn more about the impact your shoebox gift has one the child who receives it here: [ Sampur.se Link ]
Need help deciding what to pack in your shoebox gifts? Check out our website to see suggested items by age and gender!

Suggested Gifts for Age and Gender

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Shoebox packers, here’s a special message for you!

This week, over 1,000 children in Jamaica received more than a shoebox gift—they heard that Jesus loves them.
9-year-old Aliyah was thrilled with the new stuffed animal she received in her shoebox gift in Jamaica. She took it out immediately and gave it a big squeeze!
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At age 11, Shana received a shoebox gift in Jamaica. Today, she shared the same Good News and Great Joy when she delivered shoeboxes to children in her home country.

"This is a part of me worshipping God. The work I'm doing here is worship. This is going to change his life." Shana shared "I thought that this child could one day be me, and could take the Gospel even further."