The Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, is Nov. 15-22. Throughout the project’s National Collection Week, area shoebox donors will contribute to the 2021 global goal of reaching 9.7 million children.
In Plumas County, there are drop-off points in Portola and Quincy – see locations and times below.
Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts to children worldwide for nearly three decades. This season, there’s still time for individuals, families, and groups to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project of Samaritan’s Purse partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the How to Pack a Shoebox webpage.
How to pack a shoebox
Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately. You can use your own shoeboxes or order our colorful preprinted ones, available in both corrugated cardboard and plastic. These sturdy options hold up well and can be lasting gifts in themselves for children to store cherished items.
Visit the Label Options page to find out whether an adhesive or printable label is best for you. Whichever you choose, use the label to indicate on your shoebox whether it was packed for a boy or girl and which age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Don’t forget to also include a personal note and photo—sometimes these are the child’s favorite things to receive!
A donation of $9 per box is critical to cover shipping and other project costs. For easiest processing, you can give online through our Label Options or Ways to Give pages, or by mailing a check in the postage-paid envelope available in our print brochure. If you use an online option on the Labels page, you can Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your gift.
Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, Nov. 15–22, 2021.