OCC Kickoff is Sunday, September 17!

The Amazing Journey of a Simple Shoebox Gift

Operation Christmas Child delivers great joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children in need around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. Each box packed full of quality toys, school supplies, and personal care items becomes a tangible expression of God’s immense love for the child. For many, it is their first gift ever! Delivered by our local church partners, shoebox gifts provide an opportunity to present the Gospel to boys and girls in a clear, child-friendly way.

Begins with You and Results in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication

“The mission of OCC is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the Operation Christmas Child project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country.

Worldwide Distribution

Long before shoeboxes arrive in more than 100 countries, volunteer National Leadership Teams train pastors and community leaders who want to share the message of the Gospel and bless children. The leaders learn how to host child-friendly outreach events, and how to implement The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program.

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Outreach Events

Pastors around the world host outreach events in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients.

After hearing the Gospel Story, and how God loves them, children are surprised with a Shoebox filled with gifts from a stranger from across the globe, a Christian, who is providing a tangible example of God’s love.

Discipleship & Multiplication

As a result of what they learn in The Greatest Journey, boys and girls grow in Christ and share with friends and family. The students also invite others to their graduations where the Gospel is shared. This often brings parents, siblings, and friends to accept Christ and become active members in the local church. Families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started, and communities are transformed.

You can be a part of this amazing journey!

DHPC is holding an OCC Shoebox Drive
September 17—October 15, 2023.

What Goes In My Shoebox?

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Discover the Destination of Your Shoebox Gift

Every shoebox needs a $10 donation to provide for collecting, processing, shipping, and other project costs. You can put your donation (cash or check made out to Samaritan’s Purse) inside your filled box, OR you can make this donation online, and you can Follow Your Box and receive a special label. Attach the label to your shoebox, and use Operation Christmas Child’s “Look-up Tool” to find out the country where your box will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love.

Just go to https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/ and use their easy-to-follow instructions.

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