A vital part of the Operation Christmas Child year takes place behind the scenes in the immediate weeks that follow Drop-off Locations being open. It’s during this period that thousands of generous supporters donate their time to manually check hundreds of thousands of shoeboxes for safety and customs compliance before they’re sent to children in need around the world.
This year our regional processing centres are located in:
Ways to get involved:
To book a slot please visit the relevant Eventbrite page below:
If you are interested in coordinating collections, becoming a driver or joining a processing centre support team, please click the button below to complete an interest form. Whether you can be available every day or maybe only once a week, your support would be really valuable.
Whatever your skill set, there will almost certainly be a role for you.
A great experience for all the family…
“I took my wife and three boys to the warehouse in Oldbury. We were going to do just the morning, but we ended up staying all day. We all loved it and will definitely go and help again. That place in Oldbury is like a little piece of heaven. My boys had been learning about the love of God at kids’ church the Sunday before. When we came back one of them said to me, ‘It was great to be able to send God’s love to children who need it.’ It was so great to hear my child say that.”Stuart T
The health and safety of our staff, local partners, and beneficiaries is of utmost importance to us. Our processing centres have been set up to accommodate social distancing, additional cleaning protocols have been introduced and face coverings will be required.
It will not surprise you that our systems are a little different this year but you will be pleased to know that during an August testing session in the Midlands we were inspected by the local public health authorities who were delighted with our preparations.
a) No more than two people socially distanced on a table unless a group is already a household or support bubble.
b) All volunteers in our processing centres must wear face coverings. We would encourage you to bring your own but can provide some if needed.
c) We apologise but we will not be able to provide drinks this year. Your lunch, if staying, will need to be eaten at your table or outside in your car.
d) For everyone’s safety, coats and bags will need to stay with you under your table or in your car.
e) To maintain social distancing, when you arrive, we may ask you to wait in your car until we come and get you. This is to ensure 2m distancing when registering.
F) If you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, even if you have not been tested yet or they are mild, then we ask you not to attend the Centre and where possible please cancel your booking online so someone else can use your slot. We will be asking you to take a distanced temperature test when you arrive.
If you are in a shielding group (extremely clinically vulnerable) then we are sorry but we cannot accept you as a volunteer for 2020.
Aged 70 or over (clinically vulnerable)
Current government guidance on volunteers who are 70 or over is that they can volunteer but we need to risk assess the roles available and must follow social distancing guidelines. This means that most but not all roles will be open to you.
You'll be giving unimaginable excitement and hope to children in need around the world.
Partnering with Operation Christmas Child ensures shoeboxes get to hard-to-reach groups.
Shares God’s Love
Your shoebox will reach a child in need through one of over 75,000 local churches sharing the Good News of life and hope in Jesus in a child-friendly way.
Is Specially delivered
You can rest easy knowing your shoebox gift will be delivered through church and community leaders who've been trained to prioritise safety and lead well-organised celebrations.