Operation Christmas Child

The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child (OCC), uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 124 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

What Are We Doing At Paradise?

This year, Paradise is going to participate in Operation Christmas Child Across all of our ministries. In particular, The Oasis (children’s Life Group) is currently collecting items, will assemble packages on Sunday, 11/13, and will deliver on Sunday, 11/20. Other Life Groups plan to participate as well.

What Can I Do?

Fill a shoe box! Choose Ideal Items or start with the following:

  • pencils
  • erasers
  • pencil sharpeners
  • small journals
  • toys
  • stuffed animals
  • Bibles (and other spiritual books)
  • crayons (and coloring books)
  • sunglasses
  • markers
  • pads of paper


  • stickers
  • socks
  • flip
  • hats
  • balls
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • hair items
  • $7 (the donation helps your box get sent overseas
  • Check out Pinterest for other great, affordable ideas

Can I Make A Box On My Own?

Yes, and we encourage you to! This is a great project to do with your family and a valuable mission project to aid children around the world.

When Should I Bring My Shoebox, and Where?

OCC collection week begins 11/14, so we encourage you to bring in your boxes on Sunday, 11/20. We will head to the nearest delivery point (First Baptist Church of Middleburg) after service to deliver the boxes together. We will also take some time during our worship service to pray over the packages.

Where Can I Learn More?

Visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ to learn more about Operation Christmas Child, including history, ideas, and to find out how you can help.