National Collection Week is November 16-23

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.


Lake City Foursquare is the area collection center for OCC shoe boxes.
Start thinking about what you are going to fill your box with this year!
Contact Ashley Howard if you would like to volunteer.

How to pack a shoebox.

If you are interested in following your shoebox, click here.

Next Steps on the Journey of the Shoe Box:

Processing Shoe Boxes

Each shoe box is checked to make sure all contents are appropriate for children.
• At Processing Centers, each shoe box is inspected by volunteers
• Boxes must meet the receiving country’s customs requirements
• Consolidation and preparation for shipment takes place

Shipping Shoe Boxes

Hundreds of trucks/lorries and sea containers are now ready to transport your box and millions like it.
• Transit to receiving country
• Customs clearance
• Delivered to local churches and ministry partners
Distributing Shoe Boxes

Finally, your shoe box gets into the hands of a child!
• Lively, fun event for children
• Creative Gospel presentation by local churches and ministry partners, where appropriate
• Shoe boxes are given to children unconditionally
• Wherever appropriate, children are offered a copy of The Greatest Gift of All booklet in their own language by local churches and ministry partners.
• Soon after an OCC distribution event, the local churches and ministry partners may offer The Greatest Journey (TGJ) to the children participating in OCC in many of their communities. You can read more about this program here on their web site.

If you would like to volunteer next year to help or have questions about donating, contact OCC Coordinator Ashley Howard.

To find more information about OCC, visit Samaritan’s Purse.