Operation Christmas Child

Village Bible Church is once again partnering with the largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child. 

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse that uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children around the world.

Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 124 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories through Operation Christmas Child.

YOU can be a part of this project. Operation Christmas Child Boxes and brochures on how to fill a box are available at Village Bible Church at the Women’s Ministry table in the hallway. Please fill one or more box(es) and give a gift that will keep bring a smile to a child.


What goes in My Shoebox?

Start with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, or clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box.

  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
  • Colorful Adhesive bandages
    Flashlight (solar-powered or hand-crank; if battery operated, be sure to include extra batteries of the type needed)
  • Pencils, Pens
  • Small manual pencil sharpener
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Shirts and pants
  • Pillowcase dress (loose-fitting sundress)
  • Underwear
  • Shoes and socks
  • Flip-flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Tote bag/purse
  • Coloring books
  • Watercolor set [Finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper]
  • Puzzles
  • Playdough 
    (Consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough.)
  • Stickers
  • Chalkboard and chalk
  • Binoculars
  • Skipping rope/Jump rope
  • Foam ball
  • Costume items to play dress-up, such as crowns and costume jewelry
  • Plastic toys and toy figures
  • Yo-yo
  • Small Frisbee
  • Small kite
  • Etch A Sketch

This is only a few of the suggested items to pack. Go to www.samaritanspurse.org for a full list and for more information.

Do Not Include:

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