“Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

  • Mission and History Mission

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Through this project, Samaritan’s Purse partners with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations.

  • History

In the summer of 1993, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham received a call from a man in England asking if he’d be willing to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in war-torn Bosnia. Franklin agreed, but figured Christmas was months away. He forgot about the promise until he received a call back around Thanksgiving asking about the gifts.

Franklin asked his friend, the late Pastor Ross Rhoads of Calvary Church of Charlotte to see if he could help with the need. A Sunday shortly afterward, Pastor Rhoads demonstrated for his congregation how to fill a shoebox with simple gifts and encouraged them to include a letter to the child as well. Within weeks, the church had 11,000 shoeboxes lining their hallways.

Due to their generosity and additional gifts from Canada, Samaritan’s Purse sent 28,000 gift boxes to children in the Balkans that Christmas. Through these gifts, we communicated to children and their families what the angel said to the shepherds about Jesus’ birth:

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people”

Every year since, Samaritan’s Purse has collected gift boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children around the world. Since 1993, more than 209 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child gift box. In Korea, Operation Christmas Child began in 2020 with the establishment of the Samaritan’s Purse Korea office. Since then, over 48,000 gift boxes have been collected in partnership with nearly 300 Korean churches and organizations. From these boxes, we’ve been able to share the Gospel to children in Mongolia, Gabon, Ukraine, Philippines, and hard-to-reach nations.

This project delivers not only precious gifts to children around the world, but also shares a tangible expression of God’s love.

There are still places around the world where the name of Jesus has never been heard. That’s why we continue to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth through Operation Christmas Child gift boxes.

Partner with us to share the Gospel to the ends of the earth and experience the power of a small gift.
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Operation Christmas Child

The Power of a Small Gift

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The Power of a Small Gift

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