Host a Packing Party

Organizing a shoebox packing party is easy—Just follow the steps below to plan your event.

host a packing party

Step 1


Pray before, during, and after your packing party—prayer is crucial to Operation Christmas Child. Pray for many children and families to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ through the outreach of local churches worldwide.

Step 2

Plan Your Party & Order Free Materials

Sample event schedule

Order free promotional materials

Share Operation Christmas Child videos at your party

Invite your friends

  • Share the event via social media and us at to add it to the Operation Christmas Child events page.
    Please make sure to include what you are doing, who it is for, and location information.

Step 3

Collect items to fill your shoeboxes

Select quality “wow” items such as dolls, soccer balls with pumps, or stuffed animals. Also find other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.

Step 4

Collect $10 per Shoebox

A donation of $10 per box is critical to provide for the expenses of shoebox collection, shipping, and delivery, as well as training ministry partners. Learn more.

Here are ways your packing party can raise these funds:

Use a fundraiser page

Collecting $10 donations for a large amount of shoeboxes

  • Ask your church or group to take up a shoebox offering or donation collection.
  • Host fundraisers, such as pancake breakfasts, yard sales, or bake sales.
  • Set up a tree decorated with small empty containers or envelopes, encouraging participants to involve friends and family in filling the items with donations.

Step 5

Drop off your shoeboxes

Plan wisely so you have plenty of time to bring your gift-filled shoeboxes to the drop off location nearest to you during National Collection Week, November 16 – 22, 2020.

Step 6


Post the results of your packing party on social media tagging @OCC_Canada using the hashtag #ilovepackingshoeboxes


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