Take our online quiz and discover how much you really know about the Samaritan's Purse program that delivers Good News and great joy to children around the world.
Do you think you know everything about Operation Christmas Child? Answer these questions and find out!
I can only pack shoebox gifts for National Collection Week each year.
True or False?
ANSWER: False! We accept shoebox gifts at our headquarters in Boone, North Carolina, year-round and sometimes have special shipments in the spring and summer for boxes we receive outside of National Collection Week. You can also build a shoebox online any time of the year. We’ve even made it possible to challenge friends so they can join you.
The requested shipping donation for each box is $_____.
ANSWER: C! A donation of $9 per box is critical to transport your gift and deliver it into the hands of a child in need. That’s about 1,000 miles per $1 to ship a shoebox to Mongolia! This donation makes it possible for Samaritan’s Purse to deliver each box from the person who packed it to a child who will receive it thousands of miles away. We do accept all shoebox gifts regardless of whether they include the shipping donations. You can put your $9 donation check in your shoebox, or donate online through Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.
According to Franklin Graham, what is the most important thing to send with a shoebox gift?
B) A personal note and photo
D) School supplies
ANSWER: A! Remember to pray for the children who will receive your gifts. Pray that every girl and boy who receives a shoebox will experience God’s unconditional love through the gifts.
A personal note, fun things like toys, and useful items like school supplies are all important too! You may include a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
Which age group receives the most shoeboxes every year?
A) Girls 5-9
B) Boys 10-14
C) Girls 2-4
D) Boys 5-9
ANSWER: A! In general, we receive more gift boxes for girls than boys. Overall, we receive the most shoebox gifts for girls 5-9. We receive the fewest number of boxes for boys 2-4 and 10-14. You can download boy/girl labels here.
What do you learn about your shoebox gift when you use the online Follow Your Box shipping donation?
A) The country where it was delivered
B) Information about Operation Christmas Child in that country
C) Stories and photos about children in that country
D) All of the above.
ANSWER: D! If you donate online, we’ll send you a tracking notice telling you the country where your shoebox gifts will be delivered into the hands of children in need along with more fun information Operation Christmas Child in that country!
How much does it cost to order materials to promote Operation Christmas Child in my church or group?
ANSWER: C! Free materials such as labels, posters, flyers, and bulletin inserts are available on our website. You can also visit our resource hub, which provides free print, web, and video downloads along with creative ideas that will help you, your family, church, or business get involved with Operation Christmas Child. Colorful balloons, patches, tablecloths, T-shirts, and banners are available in our specialty store for additional cost to help you host your Operation Christmas Child event and spread the word about the project.
How many locations are open across the United States to receive shoebox gifts during National Collection Week?
ANSWER: C! Shoebox gifts are collected during National Collection Week, which is November 13–20 this year. You can find your nearest drop-off location by entering your ZIP code on our website: //www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/
I can only use a cardboard shoebox.
True or False?
ANSWER: False! You can use any shoebox, cardboard or plastic. We have pre-printed decorative shoeboxes available in cartons of 100 that you can order on our website. If you need fewer than 100, we suggest asking local shoe stores to donate their empty boxes or purchasing plastic shoeboxes at a local superstore.
How many countries receive shoebox gifts?
ANSWER: B! Samaritan’s Purse delivers shoebox gifts to over 100 countries, which vary from year to year! Over 113 million shoeboxes have been collected and delivered to more than 150 countries and territories since 1993.
Shoeboxes are delivered by:
A) Planes and boats
B) Camels & Elephants
C) Helicopters & Covered Wagons
D) Dog Sleds
E) All of the above
ANSWER:E! Our local ministry partners distribute your shoebox gifts to children through all the methods above… and probably more!
How many lessons comprise The Greatest Journey, the follow-up Bible discipleship program offered to many children who receive shoebox gifts?
ANSWER: 12. The Greatest Journey is a dynamic approach to discipleship—including 12 engaging Bible lessons—that local trained teachers are using to instruct the next generation of believers on how to become devoted followers of Christ and boldly share their faith with others.
In 1993, where were the first Operation Christmas Child gifts from Samaritan’s Purse distributed?