Operation Christmas Child

Thank You

Thank you so much for packing a shoebox in 2022!

You were part of sending a fantastic 252,022 gifts of love from the UK to Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Central Asia, Moldova, West Africa and Ukraine. Together you equipped thousands of churches and groups to reach out generously to children in need in their communities, with the joy of a shoebox gift and the Good News of the Christmas story.

You are the people who make Operation Christmas Child possible and we love to provide you with feedback. Where possible we seek to share with you the country your shoebox was sent to, when you make a project donation using the online donation method. However, while we endeavour to ensure each barcode is scanned, very occasionally one can get missed due to human error or when we encounter technical difficulties with the scanner reading the barcode e.g. some print outs using ‘ink-saving’ modes do not scan well.

We would like to apologise that on this occasion we are unable to provide you with this information but to reassure you that your shoebox gift will have reached its destination and made a real difference to the precious child receiving it. We are sorry for any disappointment this may cause and are working to further improve our scanning process.


We’ve shared some of our favourite videos, photos and stories from around the world, where shoebox gifts just like yours have made a real difference.

Shoebox gifts bless children in Ukraine…

Share the joy! Watch as these children in Moldova explore their gifts…

Good News and great joy in Mongolia!

Stories From Around the World

Ukraine: The 200 Millionth Shoebox!

Elizabeth Groff, now 28 years old, will never forget receiving a shoebox gift from Samaritan’s Purse when she was living in an orphanage in Ukraine. Here is the special moment when she lovingly placed the special 200 millionth box into the hands of another young orphan girl in Ukraine.

This special shoebox contained items chosen by supporters from the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, South Korea, and the USA, to celebrate the milestone of sending 200 million shoeboxes since Operation Christmas Child began.


Namibia: Shoebox Gifts Bring Joy to Deaf Children


Ukraine: Nyeva’s Shoebox

After a recent trip to Ukraine a Samaritan’s Purse staff member shared the following story:

In the past two days, hundreds of Ukrainian children have received shoebox gifts and heard the Gospel. These included orphans and children who have been displaced by the conflict. One of those was 6-year-old Nyeva, who fled with her mother and younger brother from Melitopol. They lived under occupation for months, under a cloud of fear, with very little to eat or drink. Her mother became quite sick because she was giving all of the food to the children. After their neighbours were killed, the mother Yulia, decided she had to get out of there. They boarded a bus in the middle of the night and prayed for safety. It took 18 hours to make the trip. Nyeva is very scared of noise and the dark. She has nightmares. They had left everything behind, including toys. When Nyeva received her shoebox, her eyes lit up, and she smiled. It brought tears to her mother’s eyes. Also, Nyeva’s brother loves Lego but hasn’t had any since they fled their home. Yulia said he often asks when he can have Lego again, but she doesn’t have the resources to buy anything extra. There was Lego in his shoebox!

Moldova: Shoeboxes for Refugee Families

“We hosted over 60 children from Ukraine. Each one of them received a special gift and heard of God’s boundless love. We enjoyed being able to bring smiles to their faces, as at least for a moment they forgot about the pain. Thank you for these gifts full of beautiful surprises. What an honour to be a blessing to others.”


Asia: A Lasting Hope And Joy In Difficult Circumstances

Five years ago, Chhaya* and her family left their native village and moved to the capital city, in search of a better life. Now, as Chhaya turns 12, sadly the family’s living conditions are no better than before. The already overcrowded city meant that they ended up in a single rented room in an area of high deprivation.

Chhaya’s parents both work as labourers, but their income is barely enough for the family of six to survive. With her parents working, Chhaya is often left to take care of her siblings and is unable to attend school. At times when she would see other children go to school while she worked at home, she would feel sad and hopeless.

Two years ago, an informal school was started in a small hut in her neighbourhood, by one of our ministry partners. Chhaya was able to join this school which provided free books and education. The teachers also gave Chhaya a message of hope and told her that Jesus loves her. She learned many songs, and she found much joy and encouragement in these.

One day during her normal classes, Chhaya received a special surprise – a Samaritan’s Purse shoebox gift! It was a moment of great joy and afterwards she said, “It was the very first time in my life that someone sent me a beautifully packed box full of gifts. I am so happy.”

Chhaya was delighted to learn more about God’s Greatest Gift to us at Christmas time and the Good News of new life and hope in Jesus. It deeply touched her to know that she was loved, cared for and special to God and to the people who packed her shoebox gift.

*Name changed.


Ukraine: Elizabeth’s Shoebox

Thank you for packing shoeboxes

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.

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!