This offer has concluded for 2023, but we hope that the other resources on this page will continue to help your school get involved in shoebox packing with Operation Christmas Child.

Thank You for Getting Free Shoeboxes!

We're excited you're interested in packing shoebox gifts with your school or group! Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, is a practical way for students to be involved in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. In more than 100 nations each year, Samaritan's Purse partners with local churches to distribute the gift-filled shoeboxes at festive outreach events where the Gospel is clearly shared. Many shoebox recipients go on to participate in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program taught by trained local volunteers. God is using Operation Christmas Child to reach children in need and their families, to plant churches, and to transform communities. Just follow these easy steps to get involved:


Plan to set up a schedule leading up to National Collection Week, Nov. 13–20, 2023. Pray about how many boxes you want to pack and cast vision for the Samaritan's Purse project. Download our event guides for tips on how to incorporate shoebox packing into outreach events, retreats, chapel services, and more!


Prepare by checking out our how-to resources including How to Pack a Shoebox and how to Follow Your Box to discover the country destinations of your shoebox gifts.


Promote what God is doing through Operation Christmas Child by distributing FREE How to Pack a Shoebox brochures and other resources that are available to order below. Consider also showing an Operation Christmas Child video or sharing a story from our website.


Pack shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. Be sure to also donate $10 per box to provide for shipping and other project costs.


Pray for the children who will receive your shoebox gifts to be open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the most important part of shoebox packing!

6Collect and drop off

Collect and drop off packed shoebox gifts. Consider offering a prize to the class that packs the most shoeboxes before dropping the boxes off at a designated location during National Collection Week, Nov. 13–20, 2023. Find the drop-off locations nearest you in mid-October.

Or, if you prefer, you can invite students to Build a Shoebox Online!

“Partnering with Operation Christmas Child has allowed students to experience what it means to impact their society for Christ.”

—Kevin Mathes,Superintendent, North Raleigh Christian Academy

Order Free Items

Brochures, promotional inserts, prayer guide bookmarks, posters, DVDs, and more are all available for you to give your students to make the packing process fun and easy.

  • How to Pack a Shoebox Brochure
    Includes step-by-step instructions, a shoebox label, and a postage-paid donation envelope.

    Please note that each brochure only contains one label. 1=1

  • Adhesive Shoebox Label Sets

    Includes How-to-Pack instructions on back

    Order a set of 50 adhesive shoebox labels for your shoebox packing.

    Scan or enter the code on your label to give your suggested $10 donation online and activate tracking for your label. This step is not necessary to use the label, but it will allow you to discover the destination of your shoebox.

    Entire sets of 50 labels can be activated simply by entering the nine-digit code on one label and selecting the option to activate the whole pack. If you need a single label, consider ordering our brochure that includes a label.

    For more than 30 sets (1,500 labels), contact

    Temporarily Out of Stock

  • Poster
    Promote local Operation Christmas Child events by customizing and displaying these posters in classrooms, meeting rooms, businesses, drop-off locations, or around your neighborhood. Materiales y publicaciones en español.

  • Resources

    The following guides provide creative ways to use Operation Christmas Child to add to your students' educational experience.

    • Chapel Event Guide

      Incorporate Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing into a chapel service. Include spiritual life personnel in the program planning to help encourage campuswide participation.

    • Christian School Event Guide

      Incorporate Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing into a class or schoolwide project. This event can consist of a school-sponsored packing party and/or a collection of individually packed shoeboxes.

    • Student Outreach Event Guide

      Students are encouraged to invite friends who do not know Jesus to participate in an event to pack shoebox gifts for children around the world. The goal is for students to share the Gospel at the event. This can be done in large or small group settings.

    “I want every child to know there is a God who loves them.”

    —Franklin Graham,President, Samaritan's Purse