You will bless a child in

Ukraine

Shoebox gifts collected in 2018 will be delivered to hundreds of thousands of children in Ukraine. Praise God that over 9.8 million children have received a shoebox since 1995, when Operation Christmas Child began distributing gifts here.
  • Ukraine has 44 million people and is located in Eastern Europe
  • 16% of the population is 14 years old or younger

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Operation Christmas Child delivers the good news of Jesus Christ to children around the world.

Stories from Ukraine

Samaritan’s Purse Sparks Change in Ukraine as Youth Trust Christ God is using Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey to reach young campers. Read more A Teen Club in Ukraine Studies the Bible and Motorbikes A Christian discipleship group in western Ukraine uses The Greatest Journey to help boys learn to follow the Lord. Read more Bringing Hope to the Roma in Ukraine As the Gospel is shared in Roma communities through Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts and The Greatest Journey discipleship program, children are learning to follow Christ—and how to read! Read more
#shoeboxstories: Vladimir and the Toy Car How could something as small as a toy car teach me about God’s love? Read more #shoeboxstories: Nadia and a Doll As a Christian from a low-income family in Ukraine, I saw my shoebox gift as an answer to my mother’s prayers. Read more #shoeboxstories: Vladimir and the Dental Floss Growing up in a culture rife with bribery, my shoebox gift—given with no strings attached—showed me God’s unconditional love. Read more #shoeboxstories: Elvina and Chewing Gum My shoebox helped me build my trust in the Lord. Read more Just Believe "My name is Anna, and I am 9. In my life miracles just do not happen always. I live with my mom, and I don’t have a dad. That’s why I don’t always have what I want. My mom has to work a lot, though it’s hard to find a job in the place where we live. To sell fish in the marketplace is the only option. Very often my mom is not at home. That’s why I spend my days as I like and where I like. And once – I think it was during the school break, there were some people – men and women who came to me to bring me a gift. I was very surprised. My first thought was that it’s not for me, but they confirmed that it was mine. So, thank you everybody – I don’t know who you are and how you happen to know me that you’ve brought me a gift. I am very glad, and I tell everyone – just believe – the miracles come true! I am sure about it. Then those people told me that God has concern for me, and He will not leave me and my mom alone if we would come to Him in prayer." Wonderful Gifts A local volunteer said: "Some of the gifts were given to the children of my friends who are very poor. The grandmother is bringing up these two children because their parents are alcoholics. And last year this family went through a tragedy – their other boy died. These kids are deprived of parental love and care, and they were so glad to receive the gifts. They were impressed that somewhere in the world there are people with kind and generous hearts who could make these wonderful gifts for them. The girl got some good toys, clothes, and some hair accessories, while the boy got some good stationery and hygiene stuff. I want to thank from my whole heart on behalf of these children to all people with a big heart who are taking part in this ministry with Samaritan's Purse. And I want to say – keep going, don’t give up when you do good! May God bless you!"

Pray for Your Shoebox Recipient

Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”—Matthew 21:22

Please don’t stop praying for the boy or girl that you first lifted up when you packed your shoebox. Continue to ask God to soften his or her heart to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that he or she will follow Him all the days of their life. Pray also for families and entire communities to be transformed as God’s love is share through your simple gift.

The Greatest Journey

After your shoebox gift delights a boy or girl, you can give them the opportunity to participate in The Greatest Journey.

Taught by trained local teachers, this 12-lesson discipleship program shows children how to follow Christ and share Him with others. As boys and girls share the Scripture stories they learn in class, their friends and family come to faith—growing churches, starting new congregations, and transforming communities by the power of the Gospel.

Send a child on The Greatest Journey for just $6!

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Record Where Your Shoebox Went

Our Follow Your Box Map is specifically designed for you to keep track over multiple years where your shoebox gifts have blessed children in need.

Consider displaying one in your church or home as a reminder to pray for the boys and girls who have been blessed by your generosity.

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