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Connect Your Ministry to Operation Christmas Child

Cru is “passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ” and doing so in creative ways. Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for your Cru ministry to do just that—introduce boys and girls around the world to the Good News through a simple shoebox gift.

By packing shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and other simple gifts, you can help bring hope and joy to children in need around the world. Through partnerships with local churches, children who receive shoebox gifts hear the Gospel 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 146 million shoeboxes in over 100 countries. Your Cru 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
Pack and Assemble
Cover Ministry 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 nearly 5,000 drop-off locations open during National Collection Week, the third week in November.
  • Make sure to indicate that you’re with Cru when you fill out the drop-off log. We want to celebrate our partnership with Cru!
Volunteer
  • 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.

Have questions or suggestions? Email occinfo@samaritan.org

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