Operation Christmas Child packing parties

Ideas for planning an Operation Christmas Child packing party

Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts since 1993! Packing parties are a great way to have tons of fun and bless children overseas through gift-filled shoeboxes.

Host a community packing party

Whether it's through a small community group or your whole church congregation, you can collect items, hold a packing party, and invite the local community to come in and join you in filling shoebox gifts. This can be an effective bridge-building opportunity to share the love of Christ with those in your area who may not know Him.

Pack with the local homeless population

Collect shoebox items as a church take the items down to the local homeless shelter and have a packing party. The act of packing and giving a shoebox gift is deeply moving for many people who are homeless because the opportunity for them to give is rare. The experience will also be impactful for members of your church as they interact with the shelter guests at the party. This event creates opportunities for your church to demonstrate the love of Christ at home and abroad.

Don't forget to consider additional ideas for your church group or community group. Download the packing party guide or check out the Top 100 items that make perfect additions to any shoebox.

If you have a new idea for how community groups can bless children overseas by packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, email it to occ@samaritan.ca so we can share it with others!

Ways you can help

Pray

Pray that every child who receives an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift will hear and know how much God loves them.

Give

Help Samaritan’s Purse go beyond the shoebox and expand assistance to children, their families, and their communities. Donate Here

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