What is operation Christmas child?

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, is the world’s largest Christmas outreach of its kind. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 124 million children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, and other crises in more than 150 countries and territories. They partner with local churches to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who receive shoebox gifts and offer a 12-lesson discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, that helps boys and girls learn what it means to follow the Lord and share their faith with others.


  • Volunteer at the Relay Center
  • Make a donation for shipping costs
  • Donate Items for Shoeboxes
  • Join us for our Packing Party

Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship-transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!


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.

Age and Gender-Specific Ideas: 
Girls 2-4Girls 5-9Girls 10-14
Boys 2-4Boys 5-9Boys 10-14.

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Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Click here for a printable packing guide


Join us for our annual shoebox packing party. This is where the fun really begins! After several months of collecting items to bless children across the globe, we now get to pack the shoeboxes for these children. This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of children, but also to get to know other people at Faith Mountain that are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with others. 

November 12 at 5:00PM

potluck Dinner

Please let us know you will be joining us by signing up here.