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Have You Heard of Operation Christmas Child?

Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions. 


This week on the Girl Talk forum, a PI Girl shares how she wants to contribute to the Samaritan’s Purse ministry project called Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

Click here to read the full post.

Every year, Samaritan’s Purse does a collection of shoeboxes filled with gifts for boys and girls in unfortunate circumstances and in more impoverished parts of the world. This year, the collection dates are from November 16-23, and you can go to the website to see where the drop-off locations are.

There are three age categories to pick from when purchasing items for your Christmas shoebox. There are ages for either a boy or girl from category one: ages 2-4; category two: ages 5-9; and the final category: ages 10-14.


Some gift ideas are soccer balls, school supplies and hygiene products. Candy and food are not allowed in the boxes. There are also ideas on the website for what is recommended and what you shouldn’t add to the boxes.

If you donate $7.00 for a tracking label, you can see when it gets shipped, and it is important to have this to follow your box.

The OCC program is a great idea for your church or youth group to give back and is a fun way to start off the holidays extra early! Hashtag #iPackedAShoeBox.

Go to samaritanspurse.org to read OCC stories and to learn more about the national collection and distribution founded by Bob Pierce and carried on by Franklin Graham.

Thong Pha Phum Burmese Refugee Village distribution
PI Girls, have you ever donated to OCC or packed a shoebox for the ministry? 

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  1. kittenlover13

    Posted by kittenlover13 on November 23, 2015 at 15:24

    At the Awana program at my old church, we did this every year!

  2. ballerinagal16

    Posted by ballerinagal16 on November 17, 2015 at 20:03

    Just mobilized my high school to pack about 100! God is awesome. These boxes don’t just affect the kids that receive them, but also the people who pack them.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Runner_with_endurance on November 16, 2015 at 16:13

    This is an awesome program! Our church has done it for a long time and we always recieve letters from the grateful recipiants😄

  4. LoveOnFire

    Posted by LoveOnFire on November 16, 2015 at 11:12

    Just did it yesterday! And you actually can pack specific kinds of candy…