Operation Christmas ChildSeasonal Employment

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It's way more than packing boxes. We prayed over each box and for the child who would receive the box. We wanted every shoebox to show a child that someone cares about them.

Serve with Samaritan's Purse as an Operation Christmas Child seasonal employee and you will work with volunteers to help bring Jesus' love to children around the world. When you work in one of our eight processing centers, you help facilitate the processing and preparing of millions of shoeboxes for distribution to children in need. You are acting as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to bring joy to children, families, and communities.

The third week in November, we collect shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toys, and hygiene items packed by individuals and groups across the nation. From approximately mid-November to mid-December, we prepare these shoebox gifts for international shipment to church partners, who distribute these gifts to children during Gospel-focused community events.

Let all that you do be done with love.
1 Corinthians 16:14

We understand there is a lot of uncertainty related to COVID-19. To see the latest information about how Samaritan’s Purse is responding to local, state, and national guidelines to protect the health of our staff and volunteers, visit the Operation Christmas Child COVID-19 Landing Page.

What Roles are Available in the Processing Center?

Processing Center Managers Our managers oversee areas such as quality control, shipping/receiving, and volunteer training.
Processing Center Assistants A processing center assistant is responsible for tasks such as coordinating with vendors, locating housing options for volunteers, receiving supplies shipped to the processing center, and helping close down the center after processing season.
Chaplains Chaplains provide spiritual support, prayer, and encouragement to processing center staff and volunteers.
Administrative Assistant These assistants perform various administrative duties including tracking data, handling requests for promotional material, and mailing correspondence. They also work closely with volunteers in areas such as registration and scheduling.
Processing Center Associates These associate positions include roles such as forklift operators, switch drivers, yard attendants, dock/warehouse workers, parking attendants, inventory staff, maintenance workers, quality control personnel, greeters, and volunteer guides.
Mail & Data (Charlotte Only) Data entry keyers process scanned information and help to maintain donor records. Cash processors sort cash and coin donations. Mail processors sort checks via an eight-point checklist and categorize additional information from the envelope contents. Mail and data leads direct workflow and assist with questions from associates. Apply Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Processing Centers be operating differently due to COVID-19?

Samaritan’s Purse continues to plan for a traditional processing season with staff and volunteers with any needed modifications to conform with local, state, and federal guidelines. As we continue to monitor disease trends, we are also developing contingency plans to ensure shoeboxes are processed. Personal protective equipment will be readily available and more intensive cleaning protocols will be in place for all Processing Centers in 2020. We encourage you to check the visit the Operation Christmas Child COVID-19 Landing Page for the latest information. For additional questions, please feel free to email us at occinfo@samaritan.org.

When is employment available?
Processing center jobs are available mid-November to mid-December. A limited number of positions could require a different commitment (see individual job listings). Our active recruiting period is July–December. Applications are accepted all year, but will be held for consideration until the active recruiting period begins in July.
What can I expect as a seasonal employee?
  • Competitive pay
  • Rewarding work environment
  • Opportunity to serve in a Christian ministry that impacts the lives of millions of children in need each year
  • A sense of Kingdom purpose
  • The joy of being part of a community of believers whose efforts are making a difference globally
What qualifications do I need?
Candidates with any background or experience level are welcome to apply. Depending on the hiring needs, the most qualified applicants will be placed in the open positions where they can best contribute with their individual skill set. Since a lot of work must be accomplished in a fixed amount of time, applicants must be able to work full-time, 40+ hours per week including Saturdays, and be available to commit to the entire duration of the project. Consistent, punctual attendance is required, and a spirit of flexibility to work where you are most needed. A criminal background check and a social media check are required for every considered applicant. A current pastor’s reference and one professional reference are also required. All applications received will be reviewed, but because of the volume of applicants, only those qualified for open positions will be contacted to move forward in the process.