I’m Dayna Ritchey, and I love Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Shoeboxes!

Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.  The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Every shoebox represents the soul of a child that needs hope.

After many years donating shoeboxes and volunteering with Operation Christmas Child, I’ve learned a lot about planning and packing shoeboxes to maximize my donation and spread the joy of this ministry throughout the year.  This blog is filled with ideas and tips to help you make the most of your shoebox donations – from packing tips and lists of what and what not to pack to taking advantage of sales, clearances, samples and freebies throughout the year.  Please use the “categories” listed to the right of this page to help you find just what content you’re looking for.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, please visit the website:


National Collection Week is always the third week in November.  Visit the OCC website link above for a list of drop-off sites.

Also visit this link below for more packing information from OCC including boy/girl tags and how to follow your box on-line before you turn it into the drop off site.



All posts are my own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Samaritan’s Purse. I am not an employee, agent, or contractor of Samaritan’s Purse.


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