Operation Christmas Child

If you are interested in filling a box for Operation Christmas Child please contact Janice Roscoe at 902 584-7125. She will be picking up the boxes from the Paradise Church. The boxes must be in between November 17th and 23rd.

About Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate circumstances around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes and the message of God’s unconditional love.

  • Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes open doors for Samaritan’s Purse to provide children, families, and communities with access to clean water, food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and more.
  • Shoeboxes from Operation Christmas Child transcend all barriers—language, culture, geography, and politics—to give joy and hope to hurting children around the world.
  • Each gift-filled shoebox should contain a well-balanced variety of school supplies, toys, hygiene products, and a personal note and photo if you wish.
  • The requested $7 donation for each shoebox is used to help cover the cost of:
  • Collecting gift-filled shoeboxes from across Canada and bringing them to our three processing centers
  • All processing center costs, including rent, maintenance and utilities
  • Transporting the processed shoebox gifts to all receiving countries
  • Annual training and support for all receiving country shoebox distribution teams, The Greatest Journey teachers, and support volunteers
  • Administrative, operational, and staffing costs
  • When culturally appropriate, children who receive gift-filled shoeboxes are offered a colorful booklet, called The Greatest Gift, which explains the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, in the child’s own language.
  • When possible, children who receive shoebox gifts are also offered the opportunity to take part in a 12-lesson discipleship program called The Greatest Journey, presented through the local church.

Operation Christmas Child Facts

The 2014 National Collection Week is Nov. 17-23.

  • Shoebox gifts can also be packed online at SamaritansPurse.ca/Shoebox.
  • 664,066 gift-filled shoeboxes were collected in Canada in 2013.
  • Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts are also collected in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Finland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, and the United States
  • Shoebox gifts are distributed in more than 100 countries, on six continents (all but Antarctica).
  • In 2013, almost 10 million gift-filled shoeboxes were collected worldwide.
  • Since 1993, more than 100 million Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes have been collected and distributed around the world.

How to Pack a Shoebox

Find an empty shoebox.

Choose to pack your shoebox for a boy or a girl, ages 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.

Fill your shoebox with a well-balanced variety of school supplies, toys, and hygiene products, as well as a personal note and photo if you wish. Please do not include any food items or anything that could break, leak, melt, or scare and harm a child.

Donate for every shoebox you pack to help cover project costs and shipping. Donations can be made at SamaritansPurse.ca by credit card, or enclose a cheque or cash in your shoebox. Please make one combined donation for multiple shoeboxes.

Find the nearest shoebox collection center location at SamaritansPurse.ca/OCC.


Please consider packing an additional shoebox online this year at SamaritansPurse.ca/Shoebox.

  • It’s simple and convenient!
  • You can select from a variety of gift items for a boy or girl in each designated age group.
  • Personalize each shoebox you pack with a personal note and photo if you wish.