AIA & Operation Christmas Child
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Connect Your Ministry

to Operation Christmas Child

Athletes in Action strives for everyone to know someone who truly follows Jesus. Many around the world, however, still do not have that privilege. Operation Christmas Child gives your ministry another opportunity to reach millions of children and families with the hope of the Gospel.

By packing shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and other quality gifts, you can help bring hope and joy to children in need worldwide. Through partnerships with local churches, children who receive shoebox gifts hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and many participate in our follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, where they learn to follow Christ and share their faith with others.

Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has delivered more than 135 million shoeboxes in over 100 countries. Your Athletes in Action ministry can be a direct part of bringing good news and great joy to children through gift-filled shoeboxes.

Get Your Ministry Involved

Order Materials

Visit our Resources and Ideas Hub

Receive FREE materials

Order pre-printed shoeboxes to fill with gifts

Pack and Assemble

Collect shoeboxes or plastic containers and fill them with gender- and age-appropriate items. Set a goal and start collecting today! Learn how to pack a shoebox.

Host a packing party. Use our step-by-step guide to customize your packing party experience and to order free materials.

Cover Shipping Costs

Make a $9 donation for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and program expenses.

If you give online through Follow Your Box and attach the tracking label you receive to the shoebox gift, you can find out the country destination for that shoebox.

Drop Off

Place a rubber band around each shoebox and bring them to one of our 4,000 drop-off locations open during National Collection Week, the third week in November.

Make sure to indicate that you’re with Athletes in Action when you fill out the drop-off log. We want to celebrate our partnership with Athletes in Action!


Check out opportunities to serve short-term during the shoebox collection season. In November and December, your ministry can have fun serving together at a Processing Center, preparing shoeboxes for overseas shipment.

Share Posts with Operation Christmas Child

Post photos of your group participating in Operation Christmas Child to our social media using the hashtag #StudentsandShoeboxes.

Check out more ideas and resources for students.



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