Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Our mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
Shoebox gifts are a way to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Local ministry partners distribute our shoeboxes to children in their communities. After receiving shoebox gifts, many boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program. Through the program, our local ministry partners are able to establish long-term, caring relationships with children and families by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Watch this video for help on how to pack a shoebox.
Immanuel's Operation Christmas Child schedule:
Distribution of Empty Shoeboxes Sunday October 27
Families pack boxes October 27 through November 14
Drop off packed boxes November 15 at Immanuel Lutheran Church
For more information contact Bob Dorn at or Jennifer Schulz at