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Project Leader Resources

Project leaders make it easy for their church or group to participate in Operation Christmas Child

Project Leader Checklist:

Step 1: Form a Plan
PRAY.
  • This is the first and most important step of shoebox packing! Commit to pray and facilitate prayer throughout the process of shoebox collections.
Set a shoebox goal.
  • Setting a goal is important because it motivates participants and helps you adapt activities as you chart the progress toward the goal.
Determine how to reach the goal.
  • Will you invite individuals and families to pack their own shoebox gifts?
  • Will you organize and host a packing party for a group?
How will you collect the $7 per shoebox shipping donation?
Cast vision and discuss plan with church or group leadership.
Determine how you will get started.
Bonus idea: Collect items year round to make packing easier!
Step 2: Get the Word Out
Implement the promotional plan.
Review the steps of packing a shoebox.
  • Be able to demonstrate how to pack a shoebox. Know what can and can’t be packed.
  • Emphasize the importance of including a “wow” item and $7 shipping donation in each shoebox.
  • Encourage participants to discover the destination of their shoebox gifts by donating through Follow Your Box.
Bonus idea: Host a promotional activity, such as a Project Launch Event, At The Banquet Table, World Café, or International Film Festival.
Step 3: Collect and Celebrate
Collect and Celebrate What God has Done!
  • Host a Celebration Event.
  • Collect shoeboxes in a high traffic area so people will notice as more gifts are collected.
  • Share your photos with @OperationChristmasChild, using the hashtag #ipackedashoebox.
  • Bring gift-filled shoeboxes to the drop-off location nearest you, open annually during National Collection Week (the third week in November: Nov. 13-20, 2017).
Bonus idea: Become a Year-Round Logistics Volunteer who coordinates a shoebox drop-off location during National Collection Week.

Get encouragement and inspiration from what groups are sharing about their Operation Christmas Child activities.

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