Operation Christmas Child

The Love of Christ in a Shoebox

Since 1993 Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child has been sending joy and good news to children. Creekside has been participating with them since 2009. To date more than 198 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

Shoebox gifts demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Through OCC we are partnering with the local church worldwide who distribute the shoeboxes. Each shoebox gift is a powerful tool for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. To date, more than 14.9 million boys and girls have made decisions to follow Christ.

Shoeboxes are available while supplies last

Shoebox Square

How to build a shoebox

How to build a shoebox

1. Find a shoebox

Use your own shoebox or pick up a free empty shoebox at our Church Office during the week, or in the Atrium on Sundays, while supplies last.


2. Label your shoebox

Use either an adhesive or printable label to indicate whether your shoebox is for a boy or girl and what age.

Get a label on Samaritan's Purse's website.

3. Fill your shoebox

Fill your shoebox with gifts for your child.

Use the guide on Samaritan's Purse's website for suggestions on age and gender appropriate gifts.


4. Pray over your shoebox

Pray for the child who will receive your shoebox. Pray that their family would be receptive to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray for the pastor of the church who will deliver your shoebox. Also pray that the child's community would be transformed by the Gospel.

5. Donate $10

Please write a $10 check for the shipping and handling of the shoebox made out to Samaritan's Purse. You can also donate online and get a label that allows you to track what country your shoebox goes to.


6. Drop off your shoebox

Drop off your filled and labeled shoebox at Creekside anytime from October 15 to November 12.

Options for dropping off shoeboxes

  • Sundays in the atrium
  • Weekdays at the church office