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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Shoeboxes are packed with gifts of small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, t-shirts and sunglasses, etc. Every box is delivered with love AND with a gospel message! For more information, please visit the Operation Christmas Child official website.


The Amazing Journey of a simple shoebox begins with you!

Volunteers needed! Sign up to help with Collection Week & loading the truck on Monday Nov. 20

Two Ways to Help: Pack your own box or donate items

New in 2017 - Immanuel is a Shoebox Dropoff Site!

Bring your packed shoebox to Immanuel & we’ll send it to the processing center. Call 224-801-8356 for more info.
How to Pack a Shoebox

Drop off dates & times -
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Thurs., Nov. 16, 2017 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 18, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 19, 2017 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Mon., November 20, 2017 8:30 - 10:30 AM

For every box your family has the choice to also provide $9 to cover the cost of shipping. You may pre-pay and print the barcode online where it will also allow you to follow your box and see what country it goes to. What does the $9 cover?

When you track your box you also have the option to add an additional $6 to include The Greatest Journey - the 12 week plan of salvation bible study.

Our American Heritage Girls Troop Demonstrates How to Pack a Shoebox

Item of the Month

Buy an item each month to create a shoebox that will delight a child at Christmas.
Sept item games

What Can I Donate?

We are collecting year round! Items with a * are needed most.

Plastic shoe boxes

Clothes

Shirts
Socks
Flip Flops
Hats, caps
Short sets
Bandanas
Gloves/Mittens
Belts
Sundresses

Toys

Coloring Books
Small Cars/Dolls
Trucks
Jump Rope
Paddle ball
Slinkies
Small Stuffed Animal
Dominos/Marbles
Yo-yos
Puzzles
Beach Balls/Balls with pump
Hacky Sack
Small Etch a Sketch
Small instrument/ Kazoo
Craft Kit
Ball and jacks
Checkers
Tic-Tac-Toe

Hygiene Items

Toothbrush* (No toothpaste)
Bar soap
Washcloth*
Hand towel
Hair brush/comb
Compact mirror

Wow itemsDelight a child with a “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, a ball with an air pump or other toy.

School Supplies

Paperpads/Steno books*
Pencils*
Sharpeners*
Pens
Crayons (Crayola brand)
Erasers
Markers
Mini Stapler/staples
Ruler
School Scissors
Small journals
Ruler
Watercolors
Pencil Case
Solar calculator

Other

Stickers
Sunglasses
Playing Cards
Small picture books
Activity books
Tote/drawstring bags
Wallets
Cups
Bowls
Spoons
Flashlight with batteries
Tape measure
Waterbottle
Fishing line/ supplies
Compass
Jewelry
Sewing kit
Manicure kit

no toothpaste or candy Please keep in mind the size of a shoebox when making purchases.

NO liquids or candy of any kind including toothpaste.

God has already chosen a child to receive your shoebox. Thank you.

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party: Beyond the Goal

The goal was ambitious: pack 250 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in one evening. On November 6th, over 150 people came together at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School and exceeded that goal, packing 350 boxes. The Operation Christmas Child (#OCC) Shoebox...

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Make it Yourself

Here are some ideas for creating your own shoebox items.

Find more ideas on pinterest

In the hands of local churches, every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!