Operation Christmas Child


Location: South eastern Europe, between Greece to the south and Montenegro and Kosovo to the north

Population: 3,088,385 with 18% under the age of 15 (source – CIA The World Factbook)

Thank you for bringing Good News and great joy to a child living in Albania. Your shoebox gift was one of 29,091 sent to Albania from the UK this season.

We thank God for the thousands of children that have received shoeboxes here since Operation Christmas Child began outreach events. While we are not able to provide pictures or information on the specific child who received your individual shoebox, we hope you will be inspired by the photos and stories below.

Stories From Our Local Partners In Albania

Shoeboxes For Afghan Evacuees

Samaritan’s Purse is providing relief in multiple ways to Afghan evacuees who are staying in Albania. We are operating a primary care medical clinic, distributing needed items for babies and young children, and offering trauma healing support. Sharon is a UK volunteer who has been supporting this important work in Albania. While there, she also had the opportunity to take part in an Operation Christmas Child outreach event. She shares her experience with us below:

“I recently had the privilege of attending an Operation Christmas Child outreach event for 600 children who had come to Albania with their families as evacuees on flights out of Kabul, Afghanistan. The local church was hosting the event at the complex where they were all staying.
I helped out with the 5-9-year-old group. The children piled into the place with their parents, who sat at the back while the boys and girls all gathered nearer the front. Some were slightly anxious by what was going to happen and kept checking that their parents were still there. Then the music started and an Albanian dance troop of similar ages came in dancing to local music, followed by other children from the area who played and sang some English and Albanian songs. Local partners also shared a message of God’s love and the Good News of the Gospel in a child friendly way via an Afghan interpreter. The children were then told they were going to receive a special gift from the United Kingdom.
I helped the volunteers from the local church distribute the shoeboxes. The look on their faces was pure joy and astonishment, that this was a gift just for them. All the trauma and anxiety of recent times seemed to drift away. Once they had their gifts, they ran to their parents to show them while clinging tightly to that shoebox. Both the parents and the children were very happy.”
– Disaster Assistance Response Team Volunteer Sharon.


Shoebox Gifts Are A Great Help To Us

“I am the leader of children’s ministries at my church. We became an Operation Christmas Child ministry partner three years ago. Operation Christmas Child brings so much joy to children here in Albania. Our team received 190 shoeboxes this season and distributed them from our church to local children in our town and also to a nearby village. The children’s parents were really pleased and surprised by the wonderful gifts. We thank God for putting the gift of giving into the hearts of kind people overseas.


After receiving the shoebox gifts, many children expressed interest in attending The Greatest Journey programme. We ran two classes in different locations and around 70 boys and girls took part. Some of the children’s mothers also enjoyed attending the sessions and many families now come along to church regularly. I am very encouraged to see the strengthening of our ministries and community. Samaritan’s Purse is indeed a great help to us!”


Shoebox Gifts Deliver God’s Love

Local ministry partners in one district held an Operation Christmas Child outreach event at a centre for children with special needs. They said:

“Even though many of the children could not talk, we saw the joy in their eyes as God’s love was delivered with the shoeboxes. The children hugged their shoeboxes, and their teachers thanked the church. Both the adults and the children heard the message of God’s love.”

Another member of the National Leadership Team shared about how his wife had met a little boy called Dionis, who was five years old and had autism. She recalled:

“He loved his shoebox so much that he said, ‘when I grow up, I would like to find and thank that good person who sent me such a good gift’.”

Shoebox Recipients In Albania Saying 'Thank You' In Albanian “Faleminderit!”

Our Local Partners

Operation Christmas Child invests in building National Leadership Teams made up of trained local volunteers and staff within over 100 countries. These teams then work alongside many Regional Leadership Teams who in turn train local church leaders and teachers. In Albania five teams are working with 57 ministry partners (teams of volunteers in local churches) to make Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey possible each year!


Our Wider Work In This Location

Supporting Afghan Evacuees in Albania

Samaritan’s Purse is providing relief in multiple ways to Afghan evacuees who are staying in Albania. We are operating a primary care medical clinic, distributing needed items for babies and young children, and offering trauma healing support.

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Thank You

Thank you so much for packing a shoebox gift and sending love and hope to a child in need. Your generosity makes such a difference!