Operation Christmas Child

Important COVID-19 Updates

The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted everyday life for millions of people around the world. Yet, Samaritan’s Purse continues to share the eternal hope of the Gospel and to serve in Jesus’ Name.

We want boys and girls around the world to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them during this time of fear and uncertainty. Children need great joy now more than ever. Most of all, they need the hope found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Will you partner with us to share that glorious hope with boys and girls around the world?

We’re looking forward to a great Operation Christmas Child season. We take very seriously the health and safety of our supporters, volunteers, staff, local partners, and of course the children who receive shoeboxes. So we continue to monitor local, national and international guidelines and will make appropriate adjustments to help protect the health of those involved in preparing, delivering or receiving shoebox gifts.

Currently we anticipate a near-normal OCC campaign in the UK as many churches and groups have returned to meeting in person in the months since major restrictions were lifted by the government in July 2021.

Packed Shoeboxes

Shoebox Packing: Traditional and Online
We are grateful you plan to join us this year in packing traditional boxes, building a shoebox online, or both.

National Collection Week
Shoeboxes can be dropped off during National Collection Week: 15-22 November. A full list of locations can be found via our Drop-off Location lookup tool. Please place your shoeboxes into large cartons at a Drop-off Location and register your shoeboxes using the QR code found on the Drop-off Location posters. Though these things are not compulsory, we invite you to take these precautions to reduce physical touch points and make you or other supporters and volunteers feel more comfortable. Wearing face coverings will also be optional, though please do not attend a Drop-off Location if you are displaying any Covid symptoms or have tested positive and are self-isolating.

Processing Centres

This year, Samaritan’s Purse plans to process shoebox gifts at various locations across the UK. Volunteer registration for these processing centres will open in late September.

We safely operated with comprehensive Covid-secure arrangements at our Drop off Locations and in our Processing Centres in 2020 without having to suspend processing at any time. We will implement whatever additional arrangements are necessary and appropriate in November 2021 taking full account of UK government guidance.

We plan to run 8 processing centres; all of them in well-ventilated spaces with designated staff frequently cleaning and sanitising the premises, especially higher touch surfaces. Hand sanitiser stations will be placed throughout the facilities. We anticipate that wearing face coverings will be optional but obviously that will change if the government implements their Plan B restrictions.