Operation Christmas Child Central

Salem OCC Packing Party

Join with us on Sunday evening, November 8th, at 6:30pm as we gather in the worship center for a brief time of orientation regarding Operation Christmas Child.  We will then proceed to the fellowship hall to pack hundreds of boxes.  Don't forget to bring $7 per box to help offset shipping costs.

How to pack a shoe box

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

  • Find a shoe box

    We have free boxes available at the OCC Info Desk in the main foyer.  Or you can simply find an average size shoe box or plastic bins work well too.

  • Girl or Boy?

    Decide whether you want to fill a shoe box for a girl or boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

  • Fill it with gifts

    Samaritan's Purse recommends selecting a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal. Then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.


    Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as 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.

    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. Download instructions here.

    A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

    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    Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.