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Simple Compassion – Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

One downside to being off on the road this October and November is that we are missing Operation Christmas Child.  Here is our packing post from last year.

As a family this is one of our favorite ‘Simple Compassion’ project.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

It is the chance to send a Christmas present to a child somewhere in the world who might not get a present otherwise.  Not only can you pack your specific gift and specify age and gender, you can send a personal note to the child.  Samaritans Purse also puts the first bible study booklet into the box that allows your child, if they want to continue, to learn more about Jesus and His love for them.

How cool is that?

We can’t change the world, but this is an awesome chance to change the world for a child this Christmas.

Want in?

Pack a box and drop it off at a collection center :)

I feel bad posting primarily American charities (if you have a good international one you want to share I would love to hear about it).  Drop of centers are only in the US but anywhere in the world you can still participate if you want to ship your box to a collection center or you can donate to Samaritans Purse.  (you can donate to Operation Christmas Child specifically you just need to scroll down to it)

You can also track your box and find out where it goes.

Thanks so much for reading :)


  1. So agree with this. I have helped out with a local santa sleigh which travels the streets of the village for the last ten years or so. One the first year a little girl gave a letter to Santa, so i decided to help Santa and reply on his behalf. The following year we decided to advertise that santa letters were accepted and all letters (that had an address on) would get a reply free of charge. the letters are individually written based on the child’s actual letter, i buy stickers, glitter glue, gold envelopes etc. We do about 100 letters a year. Its time consuming but doesn’t cost me that much to do, and I know it brings a lot of happiness. I like the fact that the decision was made to do something for the village instead of simply making money.

    • so fun! What a cute idea!

  2. That is an awesome act of love,my friend. Our church (and we as a family) does something very similar here for local under-priviledged children,it is such a priviledge in and of itself to participate!

    Hope y’alls trip is going well,my friend!

    • yep, trip is going great! In downtown Pittsburgh right now :) Thanks for what you do. I am looking forward to finding more local ways to help when we get home.

  3. Hi Lorilee

    OCC is also available in Canada. And just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you can’t contribute. You can get all the stuff you’d like to contribute and when you find a town where you can pick up a box, fill it right there.

    Last year they had the ability for you to “pack” a box online as well although that isn’t as much fun for the kids.

    • Bill, thanks! We will see where we end up at drop off week and see if we can fit it in :)

  4. Our family loves OCC. When I was in Peru, I was visiting a young man who had been sponsored through Compassion International since he was a little boy. Somehow our conversation turned to ministries my family is involved in and I mentioned OCC. David lit up and quickly began talking with his mom who was also there. Then he turned to me and with a HUGE smile on his face told me he was the recipient of an OCC shoebox when he was younger. It was such a neat moment for me to see two of my favorite ministries coming together in one testimony. A few months later he mailed me a copy of the photo of him with his shoebox!

    • that brings tears to my eyes, so cool! Christmas is all about memories and it is so neat to think we can make a memory for someone so far away :)

  5. I was so pleased to see this. We do OCC at our church every year. I love doing this with my kids also: packing a box with them, getting stuff for the boxes, teaching my children about giving to other kids in need! Great stuff. So glad to see you wrote about it here!

    • my kids love it too! We can tell them about helping others, but having them buy things and actually put it in the box is such a great experience :)

  6. We just packed our boxes! I found a video online to show our daughter, so she would have a better understanding of what these shoeboxes are all about. I love that they have added an option to track what country your box goes to. We will be tracking our boxes and then maybe studying up on those countries!

    Have a safe trip! You should be hitting some warm weather soon!

    oh, and p.s. – I have cleaned out our toys and my sons clothes this week! I’ll be downsized our daughter’s clothes tomorrow and hopefully my closet next!

    • They have a bunch of really great videos don’t they? My kids love watching them too. I love the tracking feature as well because I can pay online instead of sending a check :)

  7. Laura Laura

    Definitely going to do this!

    • sweet!

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