RUF & Operation Christmas Child
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Connect Your Huddle

to Operation Christmas Child

As Reformed University Fellowship works to “announce and demonstrate to the world the words and works of Jesus,” Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for your RUF ministry to do just that.

By packing shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and simple gifts, you can help bring hope and joy to children in need around the world. Through partnerships with local churches, children who receive shoebox gifts hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and many participate in our follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, where they learn to follow Christ and share their faith with others.

As you work to bless children overseas, your ministry will experience the joy of serving others and be drawn closer together.

Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has delivered more than 146 million shoeboxes in over 100 countries. Your RUF ministry can be a direct part of bringing good news and great joy to children through gift-filled shoeboxes.

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Get Your Ministry Involved

Order Materials

Visit our Resources and Ideas Hub

Receive FREE materials

Order pre-printed shoeboxes to fill with gifts

Pack and Assemble

Collect shoeboxes or plastic containers and fill them with gender- and age-appropriate items. Set a goal and start collecting today! Learn how to pack a shoebox.

Host a packing party. Use our step-by-step guide to customize your packing party experience and to order free materials.

Cover Ministry Costs

Make a $9 donation for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and program expenses.

If you give online through Follow Your Box and attach the tracking label you receive to the shoebox gift, you can find out the country destination for that shoebox.

Drop Off

Place a rubber band around each shoebox and bring them to one of our 5,000 drop-off locations open during National Collection Week, the third week in November.

Make sure to indicate that you’re with RUF when you fill out the drop-off log. We want to celebrate our partnership with RUF!


Check out opportunities to serve short-term during the shoebox collection season. In November and December, your ministry can have fun serving together at a Processing Center, preparing shoeboxes for overseas shipment.

Share Posts with Operation Christmas Child

Post photos of your group participating in Operation Christmas Child to our social media using the hashtag #StudentsandShoeboxes.

Check out more ideas and resources for students.



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