209 million

SHOEBOX GIFTS
PACKED SINCE 1990

Your shoebox gift with Operation Christmas Child:

Inspires Joy

You’ll be giving unimaginable excitement and hope to children in need around the world.

Reaches Further

Partnering with Operation Christmas Child ensures shoeboxes get to hard-to-reach groups like refugee children in the Middle East.

Is Specially Delivered

Your can rest easy knowing your shoebox gift will be delivered through community leaders who’ve been trained to lead safe, well-organised celebrations.

Thank you for considering giving hope and joy to a child this year. By sending a shoebox gift with Operation Christmas Child you’ll be showing a child they are special and thought of.

Packing a shoebox is simple, fun and has a big impact!

There are two ways to send a shoebox gift. Take a look at our simple step by step guide to packing a shoebox gift yourself and get started today, or if you are tight for time you can select your gifts online and we’ll pack and send one for you.

Considering getting others involved?

There are two ways to send a shoebox gift. Take a look at our simple step by step guide to packing a shoebox gift yourself and get started today, or if you are tight for time you can select your gifts online and we’ll pack and send one for you.

How To Pick and Pack a Shoebox Yourself

Step 1

Find a shoebox

Get an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful wrapping paper or order preprinted shoeboxes online. Attach the boy/girl label to the top of your shoebox. Mark if your gift is for a boy or a girl and select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14.

Step 2

Fill with Gifts

Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies. If possible, include one or two special items you know a child will love such as a doll, cuddly toy or deflated football with pump. See our Gift Suggestions for more ideas.

Step 3

Make your project donation

A suggested donation of £5 is essential to cover project costs, including shipping, to enable a local group overseas to lead a safe, well-organised children’s event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need. More detail on what your donation covers here.

Give online at Follow Your Box and you can print out a barcode and place it inside your shoebox on top of the contents. This will enable us to tell you which country your shoebox gets sent to.

Or you can post your donation to Victoria House, Victoria Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5EX using the prepaid envelope on our ‘How to Pack a Shoebox’ leaflet. Cheques should be payable to ‘Samaritan’s Purse’ and signed and dated with your address on the back. If you are packing multiple shoeboxes you can write a cheque for one combined donation.

Note: Follow your Box is only available when you pay online

Step 4

Personalise your gift

Personalise your shoebox by including a hand written note and a photograph of yourself, your group or your family.

Step 5

Drop off your shoebox

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and take it to a local Drop-off Location.

National Collection Week for our 2023 campaign will be 13-20 November and our Drop-off Locations can be found here.

Get started with your self packed shoebox

209 million

SHOEBOX GIFTS
PACKED SINCE 1990

Victoria House | Victoria Road | Buckhurst Hill
Essex | IG9 5EX | UK
Telephone: 020 8559 1180
Email: info@samaritans-purse.org.uk
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