Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child (a ministry of Samaritan's Purse) is an ongoing mission project that is fun and easy to take part in. We gather gifts and items for children of various ages-goodies, toys, school supplies, toiletries and even handmade dresses and pack them into boxes. The boxes we pack are shipped (with prayers and love) to OCC's shipping center and are sent around the world to children in need. Those children receive gifts and learn about the greatest gift-the love of Christ.

Annual Shoebox Packing Party October 2021-watch for details. 

It is never too early to shop and store items for the shoeboxes. Use the suggested list below. If you get items early, bring them to the church and they can be stored until this year's Shoebox Packing Party. 

Suggested Gifts For OCC Shoe Boxes


  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, 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, 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.)

  • PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE: Candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

  • Download a printable list of gift suggestions.