She told her dad “What hurts me the most is that I won’t be at church for the surprises, they told us that there would be surprises that are from Jesus for all the children, and I won’t be there."

It was a few days before the Operation Christmas Child outreach event at 11-year-old Carlita's church. As part of the children's ministry, she was so excited to attend a special and was counting...
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"We want to say THANK YOU for your effort to give our children so much happiness. Most of our children do not know what Christmas is about and do not celebrate it or receive any gifts. We could see how excited they were to open their boxes.

We had small events in different places and did a party with lots of kids' worship songs and shared the Gospel with them. All of our attendees were...
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WOW—we love this dinosaur themed shoebox for a 5-9 boy! Not only did Desiree include fun dinosaur toys and books, she also painted the inside of the shoebox too!

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Check out the incredible #OCCdeals Michelle found:

"God is so faithful! 176 pencils, 112 mini puzzles, 128 erasers, 18 sheets of stickers, 10 pair of socks, 3 hats, 2 flash card games, and fold-able sports games for $11.30!"
A shoebox gift with fun sunglasses made this little girl in Belize smile! What made you smile this week?
"Rylie loves to shop all year for Operation Christmas Child. She and her Mom found a good sale today. I love her heart for this incredible ministry. It makes Mimi so happy." - Cindy W.

Savvy shoppers know that they can impact more children around the world for eternity by looking for shoebox items throughout the year. Learn more here: [ Link ]
This little girl in Ecuador loved the necklaces she received in her shoebox gift! There's still time to collect February's 'Item of the Month'—accessories.

Learn more about year-round packing here: [ Link ]
In 2013, Operation Christmas Child delivered over 117,000 shoebox gifts to children living in Cameroon. #tbt
"We thank you for sharing the love of Jesus with the children through the shoebox gifts. Many of these kids have never received a present and it was really great for them to know that people from other countries care about them, even if they haven't met before. Many thanks from Altamira, Tamaulipas Mexico for all your love and support. We pray for you, that God continues to bless all of those...
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This day is a gift from God - open it and see the amazing surprises God has packed for you!
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We love when we cross paths with other Samaritan's Purse projects. Read how Anuka received joy in a shoebox gift after life-saving surgery through Children's Heart.

“Anuka came to Canada and received life-giving heart surgery in 2014 through Children’s Heart Project. Our staff makes follow-up visits after their return. During one visit, Anuka received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox...
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This precious little girl received a shoebox gift in Trinidad and one of her favorite things was the personalized letter she found in it! You can send a fun letter like this too, just download it from our resource page here: [ Link ]
10-year-old Myella received a shoebox gift in Guyana. In it, she found a sweet note from the child who packed her box. Now, everytime Myella looks at this note, she can know someone packed that box for her with love and is praying for her!
Pure joy! That's what shoebox gifts bring to children around the world—and it all starts with people like you. On behalf of 146 million children, thank you for packing shoebox gifts to bless children in need.
That's what we call great #OCCdeals!

"I Got 50 little stuffed animals at half price during an after Valentine's Day sale - $1.49 each! Taking advantage of sales all year long = more boxes in November!" - Linda Z
84-year-old Lois has been decorating shoebox lids for years! We love how she uses her creativity and talents to bless others.

Tell us about the creative ways that you decorate your shoebox gifts.
Don't forget—toothpaste and candy are no longer allowed in shoebox gifts, due to increasing customs regulations. See what shoebox recipient Alex has to say about the change, then visit [ Link ] to see our official packing list.