Operation Christmas Child

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, share the good news of Jesus Christ. 

1. Pick-Up a Shoebox.

First, use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container.  Pre-made boxes are available free of charge at South River. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

2. Fill it with gifts.

Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by clicking here. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

Next, fill your box with age appropriate gifts.  Suggested items include:
  • Toys:  dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.



3. Include Your donation.

Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs.* You can give online by clicking here, which allows your to follow your box around the world, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

4. Drop-off your Boxes.

South River is excited to announce that we are, once again, a drop-off collection site for Operation Christmas Child!

Our collection center will be open NEXT NOVEMBER.


Collection Sunday for South River will be TBA. Feel free to come worship with us during our 9:15am Contemporary service or our 11:30am Traditional service and drop-off your boxes!

For additional collection sites, Click here  or call 1-800-353-5949. 

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