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Scouts group dropping off shoeboxes

Ideas for Community Groups

Operation Christmas Child is a great way to get your community group involved in a ‘hands on’ activity that makes a real difference to children in need around the world. 

Whether it is as part of a retirement community, women's institute or through the Scouts or Girl Guides, packing shoeboxes gifts is a fun and meaningful activity for all ages. 

Getting started: 

  • Order or download free resources to share about the project. Posters, leaflets and videos are available from our website.  
  • You might like to supply empty shoeboxes for wrapping or purchase decorative our preprinted shoeboxes.  
  • Consider holding a launch event and sharing photos, videos and stories to inspire your group. You could also Invite an Operation Christmas Child Volunteer to give a presentation by emailing 
Craft activities

Shared Activities

Build Shoebox Gifts Online Together 

Building shoebox gifts online is another great option for your class or school. Choose from our selections of toys and other fun items to include in your gift. Then, personalise it by adding a letter and photo. We’ll pack everything for you and prayerfully send it on its way with the message of God’s love for a boy or girl in need around the world! 

You can even create a goal page and build shoebox gifts together online as a school. Our custom goal pages allow you to set an online shoebox target, build together online and watch as your goal tracker grows and represents more children blessed with the joy of a shoebox gift and the eternal hope of the Gospel. Create a goal page

Build a shoebox online for £20
colourful shoeboxes

Scout & Guide Groups

  • Operation Christmas Child works with the methods and objectives of the Scout & Guide communities. Learn More
  • The campaign also fulfils various Badge & Award requirements covering Global & Community Challenges. Learn More
  • You could also arrange for your group to volunteer at a Processing Centre during the campaign and help check shoeboxes for shipment. Contact us at to set this up.