It is a project under the umbrella of the Samaritan’s Purse ministries. Shoeboxes filled with new toys, school supplies, and personal items are collected and delivered to children in need around the world. The goal is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way.
Operation Christmas Child began in 1993, with a call to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in war-torn Bosnia, and has reached over 209,000,000 children in more than 170 countries. Children come to local churches to learn about Jesus Christ and God’s love, and leave with the opportunity for the eternal gift of salvation and a tangible gift of a shoebox of surprises. Children are invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey 12 week discipleship program. This year marked 50 million children completing this program!