During Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week, November 13 – 20, Immanuel Lutheran will be serving as an Operation Christmas Child drop-off location open to receive Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoebox gifts. Simply bring your packed shoebox to Immanuel and we’ll send it to the OCC processing center.

Immanuel’s Drop Off Times


Mon, Nov. 13: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The shoeboxes are part of Operation Christmas Child, a project that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes. Shoeboxes are filled with presents such as school supplies, toothbrushes, combs, personal letters, a toy, and a variety of other small-sized gifts. For many children, their shoebox is the first and only gift they’ll ever receive. The presents and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and gives them an opportunity to experience the love of God. Immanuel Lutheran collects donations for these boxes year-round.

National Collection Week is the perfect time to participate! Simply fill a shoebox (plastic or cardboard) with a variety of suggested items – some fun, some practical, some both – and bring it back to Immanuel during “National Collection Week,” November 13- 20. For a list of specific shoebox items, please visit Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

Shoebox collection efforts and projects for 2018 will begin shortly.

For more information, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1549 or tbedell@ilcp.org. Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, a fixture in the Palatine community for nearly 150 years, offers a variety of programs and services to the people of Palatine, as well as weekly worship services. More information on Operation Christmas Child may be found at www.samaritanspurse.org.