219Each year, Stuart Heights joins with Samaritan’s Purse to collect shoeboxes for less fortunate children.  These shoeboxes include items such as toys, clothes, school supplies and hygiene items.  Most often, the items in the box are worth more than a month of their parent’s salary.   Not only do these children receive the much-needed material gifts, but the Gospel is shared, and they are introduced to Jesus Christ – the ultimate gift.

We will hold our next church-wide collection in November 2018 but you can start packing now!

For more information or further questions, please contact Janice Coffman.

Please Don’t pack:

  • toy guns or knives
  • military figures
  • chocolate or food
  • out-of-date candy
  • liquids or lotions
  • medications
  • vitamins
  • breakable/glass items
  • aerosol cans


How To Pack A Shoebox

1. Shoe Box
Use an empty shoebox (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You may pick up a box in any lobby of a Stuart Heights’ campus.  You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

2. Boy or Girl
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Pick up a label in the church lobby or print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading from the next section. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on this page. Please include at least one item a child can immediately embrace such as a stuffed toy, doll, ball or toy truck.

4. Include $7 Donation
Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.

5. Drop Off
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and drop it off at any of our campuses during the collection week, November 18–25, 2013.


What type of things should I put in my box?
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • TOYS: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch,® toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky,® etc.
  • HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
  • OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • 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 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 snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
How do I track my box?

Discover the destination of your Operation Christmas Child shoe box gift!

By making your donation online using a credit or debit card you will receive a special shoe box label included in your e-mail receipt. Print or copy the label as many times as you need to attach to each of your boxes.

Make Your Donation Online

Download And Print Labels

Click here to download and print instructions and labels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What should I put in my shoe box?

A. We have put together a list of suggestions and things to avoid when packing your box. (See the drop down menu above)

Q. Do I have to use one of the boxes being handed out in the lobby at church?

A. No.  You may use a shoe box you already have.

Q. Do I have to use a shoe box?

A. No, you may also use a similarly sized plastic storage container with a removable lid or other similarly sized box.

Q. Can I wrap my shoe box?

A. Yes, but please remember to wrap the lid separately.

Q. Where should I take my finished shoe box?

A. You may drop off your boxes at any of the Stuart Heights Campuses.

Q. When is the deadline for sending my shoe box to you?

A. National Collection Week is in November 18-25.

Q. Where will my shoebox be delivered?

A. Countries vary from year to year. If you make your donation online, you can discover the destination of your shoe box.

Q. What does the $7 cover? Can I send cash?

A. A donation of $7 or more helps us cover project expenses such as shipping the boxes. No cash please.  We prefer checks.

Q. If I send more than one box, can I write one check for all of them?

A. Yes, you may write one check for them all and place it in any one of your boxes.

Q. What is the mission of Operation Christmas Child?

A. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Q. What is Samaritan’s Purse

A. Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian relief and evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham.

5743_Follow_your_box_socialSince 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children living in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes and the gospel of Jesus Christ. This ministry of Samaritan’s Purse provides an opportunity for people of ALL ages to be involved in a world-wide mission that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas: God’s love. In 2011, Operation Christmas Child collected millions of shoeboxes for children in over 100 countries.