Thank you to everyone who packed and dropped off shoeboxes!

Still have a shoebox that you need to get to Operation Christmas Child? Our drop-off locations are now closed, but you can still change the life of a child with a shoebox this season! Please ship your box directly to the following OCC distribution center:

Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Return your shoeboxes during National Collection Week!
You are welcome to use cardboard or plastic shoeboxes of your own.

Last-minute drop-offs are welcome on Monday, November 20, from 9–11am.
All shoeboxes must be received by this time.

Need ideas and packing info? 

Visit the official Operation Christmas Child website [here]. There are some changes in shipping costs and allowable items (no toothpaste or candy this year!), so be sure to look at the list of suggested items and the list of items to avoid.

Can I track my shoebox?

Yes! You can follow your box to find out what country will receive it. To do so, click [here] and follow the instructions when you pack your shoebox.

Why am I being asked to cover shipping? 

Your $9 donation for shipping is very important. Shoeboxes are dropped off at over 5000 locations around the world, and then sent via truck to one of eight processing centers. From there, volunteers (interested in volunteering?) inspect your box, add a gospel booklet, and prepare your special box for international shipping. Through the years, shoeboxes have been delivered to over 150 countries. Your donation makes all of this possible.

Return your OCC shoebox here!

November 13-20 — Chestnut Ridge Church is an official drop-off location during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week! You can make a #ipackedashoebox difference, and drop off filled shoeboxes in the lobby at The Ridge during these hours (if viewing on mobile, you may need to turn your phone sideways):

Monday, November 13: 11am–1pm, 5–7pm
Tuesday, November 14: 11am–1pm ONLY
Wednesday, November 15: 11am–1pm, 5–7pm
Thursday, November 16: 11am–1pm, 5–7pm (see * below)
Friday, November 17: 11am–1pm, 5–7pm
Saturday, November 18: 11am–1pm
Sunday, November 19: 8:30am–12:30pm, 5–7pm

*There will be a concert event at Chestnut Ridge Church at 7pm on Thursday, November 16th. Special drop-off parking and building entrances will be marked and designated for shoebox collection from 5–7pm on this day. To get to the right spot, turn into the church at Ruby & Ketchy’s, then make a left at the first intersection in front of the church. You’ll see the OCC signs and marked-off parking ahead on your right. Just let the parking crew know you’re here for OCC!

Last-minute drop-offs are welcome on Monday, November 20, from 9–11am.
All shoeboxes must be received by this time.

Here are some make-a-difference shoebox ideas:

Washcloth teddy bears

WOW items

Duck tape pencil pouches

Tic-tac-toe felt boards

Clothespin airplane