Operation Christmas Child

Seventh-grader Brianne Cunningham has been packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) every year for as long as she can remember. She serves as a year-round volunteer for the organization, encouraging others to fill shoeboxes with small gifts that are delivered by Samaritan’s Purse to children in 118 countries around the world. 

She was inspired to get involved by 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

“I thought, ‘I’m 12, but I can still do something,’” says Cunningham. OCC is a great way for families to serve together. “There’s ministries that the women do, or ones that just the grown-ups do, but this one can really bring the whole church together,” says Cunningham. 

Bri Heitman saw firsthand the power of a gift from OCC when her family served as missionaries in Latvia. “It does open up the community,” she says. When OCC boxes are delivered, volunteers share the Gospel and follow it up with a 12-lesson Bible study called The Greatest Journey. 

Since OCC’s beginning in 1993, it’s proven to be more powerful than just material gifts. The eternal impact is felt around the globe. “I think that’s really important because it has results, immediate results, on these kids’ lives,” says Cunningham. “Three out of every five kids who receive a shoebox come to know the Lord, and that’s huge.”

Families are encouraged to pack shoeboxes together. “It’s a great teaching moment to show the many ways there are to share the love of Christ,” says Heitman. “Kids as young as 2 and 3 can be involved in picking out something for a box.” Participants can even print a tracking label at samartianspurse.org/followyourbox to follow exactly where their gift goes. 

Get involved

 - Pack a box

-Bring supplies

 -Come to the Packing Party

Gift Suggestions:

- Small toys and games

- School supplies

- Non-liquid hygiene items

- Personal note or photo


NOVEMBER 18 • 6:30-8PM