Oakville Presbyterian Church has been involved with Operation Christmas Child (OCC) as a partner in sharing the Gospel with millions of children around the world for a number of years. Every year Samaritan’s Purse partners with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations.

Read more about the mission and history of OCC here.

Mission & History

National Collection Week

Wanna Help?

You are encouraged to grab one or more of the free OCC cardboard shoeboxes available in the Fellowship Hall. You’ll also find shoebox labels and other helpful resources there. You can also use sturdy cardboard shoeboxes or an appropriately sized plastic shoebox with a lid to decorate and fill at home. Be sure to bring your packed shoebox to Oakville by Sunday, November 15th.

If you have more questions or need additional information, please contact Mary Carpenter. She’d be delighted to help!

Shoebox Gift Suggestions

What should you put in a shoebox? Watch this video for some suggestions on what to include and what not to include in your box. You can find even more detailed information here.

Need more shoebox gift ideas? Click on one of the buttons below and download or print off the PDF file that will open and take this list with you whenever you go shopping.

Please note that the following items may not be included in a shoebox: Toothpaste, candy, gum; used or damaged items, scary or war-related items; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drin mixes (powered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; glass containers; aerosol cans;

For more information visit Gift Suggestions.

Do Not Include these items

Build a Shoebox Online

Samaritan Purse now offers a convenient way to pack your OCC shoebox right from the comfort of your home. Choose from a selection of toys and other fun items to include in your gift. Then, personalize it by adding your own letter and photo. For a suggested donation of $25 per gift, they will pack everything for you and send it on its way with the message of God’s love for a boy or girl in need around the world. Click here for more information.

Got More Questions?

Samaritan’s Purse has a great Frequently Asked Questions page where you can learn a whole lot more about how Operation Christmas Child works.

Photos Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.