What Is Operation Christmas Child (OCC)?
OCC is a unique project that takes gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need in over 150 countries around the world. The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
All of Samaritan’s Purse’s projects, including OCC, are given and provided with “no strings attached” and without regard to the race, creed, gender, religion or ethnicity of the beneficiaries.
In 2018, Australia and New Zealand sent 298,852 shoeboxes to Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Madagascar, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
How to pack an OCC shoebox
1. Shoebox: Order your pre-printed shoeboxes online or use a regular size shoebox with lid, no larger than an A4 page.
2. Gifts: Choose a boy or girl and age group (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14) and fill your shoebox with gifts. Please do not include items that leak, break, melt, food or lollies, used or damaged items, scary toys, gambling related items, or religious literature.
3. Pray: Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. Include a personal note and photo!
4. Include $10 donation: A donation of $10 is critical to cover shipping and other project costs. Donate online by ordering a standard label or to discover your shoebox destination, a Follow Your Box label. If not donating online, complete the form in our How to Pack Your Shoebox brochure with your credit card details or place cash or cheque in an envelope inside your shoebox.
5. Label: Every shoebox must be clearly labelled. If you ordered Follow Your Box labels, do not photocopy the barcoded label as it will not scan.
6. Drop Off: Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off point during OCCtober. See here to find their local drop-off point.
When and where do I drop off my shoebox?
October (OCC-tober) is our collection month for shoeboxes. Hundreds of drop-off points are open and visible on the OCC website in October only.
See here to find their local drop-off point.
If you cannot find a local drop-off point or need to drop your shoebox off outside of October, you can call OCC: 1300 884 468