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Pack a Shoebox Gift 

And Share God's Love

By sending a gift-filled shoebox with Operation Christmas Child you can bring great joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children around the world. 

There are two ways to send a shoebox gift. Pick and pack items yourself following the steps below, or select your gifts online and we’ll pack and send a shoebox on your behalf.

Pick and Pack a Box Yourself

Choose Your Gifts Online

Boy with shoebox gift

Step 1

Find a shoebox

Find a Shoebox

Get an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful wrapping paper or order preprinted shoeboxes online. Attach the boy/girl label to the top of your shoebox. Mark if your gift is for a boy or a girl and select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14.

Step 2

Fill it with gifts

Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies. If possible, include one or two extra special items you know a child will love such as a doll, cuddly toy or deflated football with pump. See our Gift Suggestions for more ideas.

Fill with gifts

Step 3

Make your project donation

Make your project donation

A suggested donation of £5 is essential to cover project costs, including shipping, to enable a local church or group overseas to lead a safe, well-organised children's event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need. 

Give online at Follow Your Box and you can print out a barcode and place it inside your shoebox on top of the contents. This will enable us to tell you which country your shoebox gets sent to.

Step 4

Personalise and Pray

Pray for the child that will receive your gift. You may also like to personalise your shoebox by including a hand written note and a photograph of yourself, your group or your family. 

Personalise and pray

Step 5

Drop off your shoebox

Drop off your shoebox

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and take it to a local Drop-off Location.

National Collection Week is in November (dates coming soon) and our Drop-off Locations will be listed here.


Inspires Joy
You'll be giving unimaginable excitement and hope to children in need around the world.

Reaches further
Partnering with Operation Christmas Child ensures shoeboxes get to hard-to-reach groups like refugee children in the Middle East.

Invites to Jesus
Your shoebox will reach a child in need through one of over 75,000 local churches sharing the good news of life and hope in Jesus in a child-friendly way.

Specially delivered
Your can rest easy knowing your shoebox gift will be delivered through church and community leaders who've been trained to lead safe, well-organised celebrations.