This week, people are bringing in their Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to collection sites across the nation. Each gift will communicate hope, joy, and God’s love to a child somewhere overseas. There’s still time to get involved! Click here to find out everything you need to participate in Operation Christmas Child, including how to pack a shoebox gift and where to drop off your boxes.
National Collection Week: Coast to Coast
Students at Biola University near Los Angeles packed many shoebox gifts in preparation for National Collection Week.
Officers at the Los Angeles Police Department gathered shoeboxes Tuesday morning.
From Hawaii to Florida Shoebox packers are sharing in the blessing of giving to children in need. Clockwise from top left: Hawaii, Florida’s Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Operation Christmas Child cake pops, Grace Christian School.
National Collection Week is in full swing in Kentucky and Indiana as well. Clockwise from left: Indianapolis Area Coordinator Amber Best, a Louisville church, and bright shoeboxes from Heart of Kentucky Area Coordinator Kathy Kendrick.
Operation Christmas Child supporters in Tennessee are having a blast packing and collecting shoebox gifts. Clockwise from left: Knoxville, Sevierville.
Stacey Minion, a community relations volunteer in Minnesota, set up a display in a local bookstore (left). In the Bronx, New York, three generations of shoebox packers took part in Operation Christmas Child (top right), and so did school children in the Lower Hudson area (bottom right).
In Asheville, North Carolina, volunteer Denise Gravely (left) is in the Operation Christmas Child spirit. The shoeboxes are also streaming into The Cove in Asheville (right), one of thousands of collection points across the U.S.
North Carolinians are doing their part to pack and collect shoeboxes, as well as spread the word. Clockwise from left: Danny Spainhour on Fox 8 in Winston-Salem, Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Asheville, shoeboxes from Burlington.
Supporters in Ohio painted a spirit rock (left) to let people know about their packing party, while another Ohio volunteer painted her vehicle’s window (top right). A Christian School in Allentown, Pennsylvania laid their shoeboxes on the altar for chapel services (bottom right).
“Everything’s bigger in Texas,” they say. The towering Christmas tree is filled with Operation Christmas Child ornaments at the newest processing center in Dallas/Fort Worth (top left). An Awana group in Texas prayed over their shoebox gifts (bottom left). The College of the Ozarks homecoming parade in Missouri featured marching shoeboxes (top right), and a Wisconsin church had a shoebox ready for each attendee (bottom right).