Frequently Asked Questions

What should I put in my shoebox?

Click to see a list of gift suggestions and things to avoid when packing your shoebox.

Do I have to use a cardboard shoebox?

No, you may also use a similarly sized plastic storage container with a removable lid or other similarly sized box.

Can I wrap my shoebox?

Yes, but please remember to wrap the lid separately.

Where should I take my packed shoebox?

We have drop-off locations around the United States during National Collection Week, the third week in November each year. Find the location nearest to you here.

When is the deadline for sending my shoebox to you?

National Collection Week is November 16-23, 2015, but you may send completed boxes year-round to our headquarters:

Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Where will my shoebox be delivered?

Countries vary from year to year. If you make your shipping donation online, you can discover the destination of your shoebox.

How can I partner with Operation Christmas Child in addition to packing a shoebox?

Dedicated volunteers work year-round to promote and pray for Operation Christmas Child. Starting in September, people can sign up to volunteer at processing centers as well. For more information on year-round or processing center volunteering, check out our volunteer opportunities page.

What does the $7 cover? Can I send cash?

A donation of $7 or more helps us cover project expenses such as shipping the shoeboxes. We prefer that these donations be made by check or by using our online donation option.

If I pack more than one shoebox, can I write one check for all of them?

Yes, you may write one check for them all, and place it on top of the gifts inside any one of your shoeboxes.

What happens after my shoebox gift is delivered?

Our local ministry partners distribute your shoeboxes to children in their communities. In many places, a discipleship program called The Greatest Journey is offered to children after they receive their shoebox gifts. Through the program, our local ministry partners are able to establish long-term, caring relationships with children and families by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

What is the mission of Operation Christmas Child?

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

What is Samaritan’s Purse?

Samaritan’s Purse is a relief and Christian evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham. Read about our history here.

Call 1-800-353-5949 or email for more information.