Operation Christmas Child
Be a part of changing children's lives all over the world through a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child. A shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received and the treasures inside allow them to experience God's love in a tangible way. Pick-up a brochure with instructions and labels in KidsWorld or in the Atrium. Cardboard boxes are available while supplies last.
Shoebox Drop-Off Deadlines:
- St. Charles – November 17
- If you are dropping off more than 10 boxes, please contact Natalie Olsen at or 630.485.3392 to arrange a special drop-off time.
- DeKalb – November 24
- Aurora – November 17
- Streamwood – November 17
Packing a Shoebox is Easy!
STEP 1: Pick up a "How to Pack a Shoebox" brochure in KidsWorld or see instructions here. Choose whether your shoebox will be for a Boy or Girl and choose an age category. Use the label from the brochure and mark your selection or download a label here.
STEP 2: Pack a standard-size shoebox. Plastic shoe boxes work well because they can be reused for gathering water or supplies. Wrapping the shoebox is optional – if you do, please wrap the lid separately and rubberband securely.
STEP 3: Fill the box with a variety of age-appropriate gifts (see below). Gifts must be new. Feel free to send a note or prayer to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with a hurting child. Do not include: used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
STEP 4: Use the brochure envelope and include a $9 or more donation for each shoe box you pack to help cover shipping and other project costs. Donations may be combined for more than one box.
STEP 5: Place a
STEP 6: Follow your shoebox! If you make your donation online, you can use your email receipt to track your shoebox. Click here for more information.
Toys: toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc. Toothpaste can be included as long as its expiration date is not after April 2018.
Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.
PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE:
Candy; toothpaste; gum; 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.
More information on Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child visit their website here.