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Project Leader Checklist

Project Leaders make it easy for their church or group to participate in Operation Christmas Child. View the checklist below to get ready for National Collection Week.

Step 1: Form a Plan
Prayerfully 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.
  • To reach your goal, will you invite individuals and families to pack their own shoebox gifts? Or, will you organize and host a packing party for your group?
  • Download and print the Project Leader Timeline.
  • Make packing easier, plan to collect items year-round!
How will you collect the $9 per shoebox suggested donation?
Cast vision and discuss plan with church or group leadership.
Step 2: Get the Word Out
Implement the promotional plan.
Review the steps of packing a shoebox.
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. See our Project Leader 201 video below for frequently asked questions, such as how to set up an eye-catching display.
  • 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. 18–25, 2019). Complete this form in advance to speed up the drop-off process. Make sure that the person who drops off the shoebox gifts for your group brings a copy of this completed form to the drop-off location.
  • Mark your shoebox destinations on a Follow Your Box map as a reminder of where your church or group blessed children in need. Display it in a public area and add new locations each year.

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