Operation Christmas Child Blogger Resources
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WELCOME!

Thank you for your interest in supporting Operation Christmas Child through your blog. We appreciate your heart for this project and want to help you tell the story of good news and great joy delivered through shoebox gifts. With the partnership of bloggers like you, we have the opportunity to bless millions of children with gift-filled shoeboxes and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the hands of local churches, every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship – transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ! After receiving shoebox gifts, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program where children learn what it means to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others.

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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 160 countries and territories.

WRITING PROMPTS

  • 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. (ie. 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 shipping donation online. 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.

PHOTOS

Operation Christmas Child Photos

These photographs are available for Operation Christmas Child-related stories. If you use a photograph, please credit: “Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.”


VIDEOS

Download OCC videos to embed on your blog or share on social media.


SHIPPED TO YOU

Explore the links below for ideas of how you or your group can pack shoeboxes and touch the lives of children and families around the world, bringing hope through the Good News of Jesus Christ in the form of a simple gift.


COLORING PAGE


Link your readers to this downloadable coloring page.


IMPORTANT LINKS

As you share about Operation Christmas Child on your blog, here are some important pages to share with your readers.


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SOCIAL MEDIA

Don’t forget to interact with us on social media. Tag us in your OCC-related posts and help us spread the word as you like, share, comment, or retweet our content.


FACT SHEETS

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