Operation Christmas Child Blogger Resources
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Blogger Resources

Thank you for your interest in promoting Operation Christmas Child through your blog! Your enthusiasm for this project will help us bring good news and great joy to millions more children worldwide in Jesus’ Name. The following checklist is designed to assist you in your important role of sharing how simple shoebox gifts can transform entire communities through the power of the Gospel.

Step 1: Select a Topic
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
  • Pack a shoebox with your child and write about the experience. What was your child’s reaction? Why is it important to teach children about giving to others? What did you include in your shoebox and why? (i.e. We included a soccer ball because my son is the goalie for his soccer team.) Why is packing a shoebox a great teaching tool for parents, Sunday school classes, or other groups?
  • Create a special item with your child to pack in your shoebox. For ideas check out our Pinterest page. Also consider writing a letter to the child receiving your gift explaining why you made this for them. (i.e. I made you this toy airplane because my daddy is a pilot. Or, I made you this toy drum because I love to make music.) Ask readers how they like to personalize their shoebox gifts.
  • Write about the first gift your child ever received. How much joy did it bring them? What was communicated through the gift? Reflect on your gratitude for these things and how life may be for a child who has never received a gift.
  • What is the greatest thing Jesus has done in your life? How do you think your experiences differ from children and families in developing countries? Write about the way that Christ has impacted your life. Why do you think it’s important for us to show God’s love in a tangible way?
  • Teachers aren’t just found in schools, they can be found in all walks of life. Do you have any spiritual teachers that have made a difference in your life? Did you know about The Greatest Journey? Many people who pack shoeboxes don’t know about this follow-up discipleship program offered to most shoebox recipients. Write about the importance of spiritual teachers.
  • Be sure to Follow Your Box and get a tracking notice that tells you where your shoebox gift is delivered! All you have to do is make your $9 donation per shoebox online, which provides for collection, shipping, and delivery. Explain the process to your readers and walk them through how easy it is. Then do a follow-up post when you get your notification about where your shoebox went.
Step 3: Post about Operation Christmas Child
  • Be sure to share about the project on social media and tag us at @Operation Christmas Child using #ipackedashoebox!

About Us

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, demonstrates God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, shares the Good News of Jesus Christ. We collect and send simple shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to children affected by war, poverty, disaster, famine, and disease. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 100 countries.

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