Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Parties

Our Shoebox ministry is hosting Packing Parties for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Come join the fun for this worthy cause. These will be held in Room C203-4. Our packing parties for 10-14 yr old boxes are scheduled for: Wednesday, September 27th from 10 am till noon, Wednesday, September 27th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, September 30th from 10 am till noon. Our packing parties for 5-9 yr old boxes are scheduled for: Sunday, October 1st after the evening Service at 7pm, Wednesday, October 4th from 10 am till noon, Wednesday, October 4th at 7:30 pm and and Saturday, October 7th from 10 am till noon. Come to any or all of these parties. Bring supplies to donate, bring a box if you have one, if not, we have plenty. You can sponsor a complete box for $15. This covers the cost of shipping $7, as well as $8 worth of gifts inside the box. Contact Carol Smith in the Library if you have any questions.

Collect supplies all year, prepare boxes September to November 

Shoeboxes items can be collected all year, and from September through November, this Ministry Team works on collecting these items and packing the boxes for Operation Christmas Child. What goes in the box is fun… what comes out is eternal. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship, transforming the lives of children and their families around the world. Can you help? See Carol Smith or stop by the Library for more details. 

  Below are a few ways you can help...  

1 - Fill a shoebox with gifts (see lists)

2 - Donate:
- Empty shoeboxes (cardboard or plastic)
- Packing Supplies (tape, shipping tape, leftover gift wrap, XL rubber bands, ziplock bags (snack size to quart size)
- Shoebox gifts (see lists)
- Money for shipping/handling, shoebox costs or other shoebox supplies.
- Old Christmas Cards/postcards for decorating shoeboxes.

3 - Volunteer to help:
- Decorate donated shoeboxes
- Organize donated gifts and supplies
- Make shoebox gifts
- Transport filled shoeboxes to collection point

4 - Pray! Pray! Pray! Prayer Guide/Bookmarks are available in the Library and can also be dowloaded by clicking here.

Shoebox Gift Suggestions:

"WOW" Item

Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box.


Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes


Other Suggestions

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.


School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.


Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.


Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.


Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets. Download instructions here.


A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.


Do Not Include

Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; candy; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); toothpaste; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.


For age and Gender Specific Items:

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For more details about Operation Christmas Child visit their website at Operation Christmas Child / Smaritan's Purse Website

Christmas is all year long at Delaney...

All year we collect items for our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry. Dollar Tree sells these items. 

MARCH: During the month, we are asking for donations of Children’s Hygiene Products such as toothbrushes, band-aid’s, combs, brushes, stick deodorant, bar soap, washcloths, and hair accessories.  

APRIL: During this month, we are asking for donations of Children’s wearable items, such as hats, gloves, sunglasses, jewelry, watches, flip flops, socks, t-shirts, scarves, bandana’s, etc. Dollar Tree has these items at low prices.

MAY: During this month, we are asking for donations of items for Boys, such as toys, clothes, school supplies, etc.

JUNE: During this month, we are asking for donations of items for Girls, such as toys, clothes, school supplies, etc.


During the month of March, we are collecting Boys items for Operation Christmas Child and the Shoebox Ministry at Delaney Street Baptist Church. #Donate #DelaneyChurchOCC

Can This Go in My Shoebox? FAQ's

Are playing cards allowed? 
Yes! Playing cards can be included in your shoebox gifts. 


How about little toys like spiders, bugs, snakes, etc.? 
All of those items are allowed. 


Can we include batteries? 
Yes. However, if the batteries are loose, both ends must be covered with tape. 


Can videos, CDs, and DVDs be included? 
Yes, all of these may be included in your shoebox gifts. However, keep in mind that the children may not have a DVD player or CD player available. 


Can we include paint sets or glue bottles? 
No, both of these items are liquids and can’t be included in your shoebox gifts. However, dry paint sets (such as watercolors) or glue sticks are OK to pack!


Can we include a toolkit with nails, screws, screwdrivers, and hammers? 
Yes! The only tools that can’t be included are saws or pocketknives. 


Are scissors OK? 
Yes! Scissors are OK to include in your shoebox gifts. 


Can items with camouflage be included? 
If the child can wear or use the items without looking like a soldier, they are OK to include in your shoebox gift. Pink or colored camouflage is safe as are pencils, wallets, or socks. 


Are squirt guns allowed? 
Squirt guns can be included as long as they do not look like real guns. Brightly colored squirt guns are great to pack in your shoebox gift. 


Can glow sticks go in a shoebox gift? 
Yes, glow sticks are OK to pack in your gift. If the tube breaks, the liquid does not spill out and can’t damage other items. 


Can we include wet wipes? 
Yes, wet wipes do not have enough liquid to spill out into the shoebox so they are OK to include in your gift. 


Can rubber balls be included if they have liquid glitter inside? 
No, these would be considered inappropriate because of the liquid. 


What type of candy is allowed in shoebox gifts? 
During 2016 collection, appropriate candy included hard candy, candy corn, gummy bears, caramels, taffy, gum and Tootsie Rolls. For all of these, make sure that the expiration date is at least six months after National Collection Week. You may not include Hershey Kisses, Snickers bars, or any other chocolate, fruit roll-ups, fruit snacks, or drink mixes such as Kool-Aid. Now in 2017, no type of candy at all will be allowed in shoebox gifts, due to increasing customs regulations. Please email us at occinfo@samaritan.org if you have any questions. 


Is lip gloss OK to pack in a shoebox gift? 
Lip gloss is a liquid and can’t be included. However, Chapstick, lip balm or lipstick can go! 


Can I include toothpaste in my shoebox? 
During 2016 collection, toothpaste was allowed in shoebox gifts as long as the expiration date is at least six months after National Collection Week. Now in 2017, toothpaste will not be allowed in shoebox gifts, due to increasing customs regulations. Please email us at occinfo@samaritan.org if you have any questions. 


Is Play-Doh OK to pack in a shoebox gift? 
Yes, Play-Doh can be included in your shoebox gift. However, some children might think it is edible. 

Can compact mirrors go in a shoebox gift? 
Yes. Compact mirrors can be included because if the glass shatters, it will be contained.