Volunteer with Operation Christmas Child


Together with you and the more than 100,000 dedicated volunteers in the U.S., we are able to share the love of Jesus Christ and the joy of Christmas with millions of boys and girls. There are several ways you can partner with us. Just check out the opportunities below!

Prepare Shoebox Gifts at a Processing Center

Millions of lives will be touched by shoebox gifts collected this year. Each precious gift is carefully inspected and prepared for overseas shipment by caring people like you.

This year, we are offering staggered registration dates based on location. Please reference the dates below for your location to find out when you will be able to register online to volunteer at a Processing Center. A link will be provided to register at that time. Processing Centers will be open from the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, through the third week in December in most cases. Available volunteer time slots occur between 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day except Sundays and Thanksgiving.

Processing Centers will be located in the following areas. Registration opens at 8 a.m. LOCAL TIME on the days specified. You can continue to sign up to volunteer after registration starts for your area.

  • *NEW!* Baltimore/Washington
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Boone, NC
  • Denver
  • Honolulu
  • Atlanta
  • Minneapolis
  • Charlotte
  • Southern California

**Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age or older.**

Volunteer Year-Round

Dedicated volunteers work year-round to promote and pray for Operation Christmas Child. Teams of people are coming together around the country to serve in the specific areas of prayer, church relations, community relations, media relations, and shoebox collection. Opportunities are available to use your gifts in these areas. To volunteer year-round with Operation Christmas Child, go to the Year-Round Volunteer Interest Form.

PLEASE NOTE: the Year-Round Volunteer Interest Form is not part of Processing Center Volunteer registration. That is a separate process that will begin on September 8 with a different form.

Serve During National Collection Week

An exciting way for groups and individuals to serve the Lord through Operation Christmas Child is to volunteer at one of our collection sites. Opportunities to volunteer are available during National Collection Week.

Thank you for your interest in serving with Operation Christmas Child.