Host a Packing Party

Host a Packing Party

Organizing a shoebox packing party is easy—Just follow the steps below to plan your event and order free materials.

Step 1


Pray before, during, and after your packing party—prayer is crucial to Operation Christmas Child. Pray for many children and families to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ through the outreach of local churches worldwide.

Step 2

Plan Your Party & Order Free Materials

Step 3

Collect Items to Fill Your Shoeboxes

Select quality “wow” items such as dolls, soccer balls with pumps, or stuffed animals. Also find other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.

Step 4

Collect $9 per Shoebox

A donation of $9 per box is critical to provide for the expenses of shoebox collection, shipping, and delivery, as well as training ministry partners. Learn more.

Here are ways your packing party can raise these funds:

Facilitate Follow-Your-Box donations to allow people to discover the destination of their shoebox gift.

This fundraiser page is easy to use and a great way to personalize your fundraising efforts.

Ask your church or group to take up a shoebox offering or donation collection.

Host fundraisers, such as pancake breakfasts, yard sales, or bake sales.

Set up a tree decorated with small empty containers or envelopes, encouraging participants to involve friends and family in filling the items with donations.

Step 5


Post the results of your packing party on social media tagging @OperationChristmasChild using the hashtag #ipackedashoebox. Don’t forget to also share on the Project Leader Facebook group!