It’s Time for Operation Christmas Child!

It’s time again for Operation Christmas Child! Orchestrated by Samaritan’s Purse, this ministry opportunity does more than just allow you to provide a Christmas gift to a child in need in another country. It also provides an opportunity for these kids and their families to be introduced to Jesus, making a difference in their lives far beyond the Christmas season. Instead of focusing on just our families or our communities this Christmas, we can help go into all the world and preach the gospel through a simple gift.

So how can you get involved? It’s easy…

1. Find a Shoebox

The box must be average sized. Standard cardboard boxes are great, but plastic boxes can be used for a much longer period of time by the recipient.

2. Pick the Gender and Age

Decide whether you want to pack for a boy or girl. You also need to consider the age range, including options of ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years old.

3. Fill the Shoebox with Gifts

Review the Operation Christmas Child guidelines for gift suggestions. Furthermore, be sure to review the restricted items like candy, toothpaste, and breakables.

4. Pray and Write

Pray for the child who will receive your gift. In addition to prayer, you can also write a personal note and add a photograph of you and your family. As a result, you may receive a note back!

5. Get a Label

Purchase and print a special tracking label at this link for $9 per box. This not only covers shipping costs, but also allows you to know where you box goes.

6. Drop Off Near You

During National Collection Week, November 18-25, bring your boxes to one of these locations in our area…


Pathway Church
275 N NC Highway 41
Beulaville, NC 28518


Burgaw Baptist Church
100 E Bridgers St
Burgaw, NC 28425


First Baptist Church
517 Village Rd NE
Leland, NC 28451


Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
1522 Burgaw Highway
Jacksonville, NC 28540-3227

New River Baptist Association
2734 Commerce Road
Jacksonville, NC 28546-7511


Whiteville United Methodist Church
902 Pinckney Street
Whiteville, NC 28472-2644


Freedom Baptist Church
802 N College Road
Wilmington, NC 28405-2534

Silver Lake Baptist Church
4715 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412-2303


Shallotte Presbyterian Church
5070 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28470-4488

Sneads Ferry

New River Community Church of God
117 Wheeler Creek Road
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460-9445


Southport Baptist Church
200 N Howe Street
Southport, NC 28461-3816

Is your church hosting a special shoebox packing event? Let us know by submitting your event for our calendar!

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