Operation Christmas Child

Lititz United Methodist Church is proud to participate in Operation Christmas Child. We encourage our congregation and the community to participate by packing a shoebox full of gifts and supplies for children around the world. These shoeboxes are then used to share the message of the gospel. If you would like to participate in Operation Christmas Child at LUMC, feel free to contact Katie Couch at 717-626-3018 with questions.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, operated by Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham. “Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Packed, collected, and shipped

Churches and groups of all sizes collect boxes from their communities. Some churches also serve as drop-off locations for shoeboxes the third week of November every year. Lititz UMC is proud to serve as a drop-off location during this time.

Thousands of volunteers serve annually at Samaritan’s Purse inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Each hour, work stops for a few minutes to pray for the children who will receive the boxes. Long before shoeboxes arrive in more than 100 countries, volunteer National Leadership Teams train pastors and community leaders who want to share the message of the Gospel and bless children.

Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas.

How can I be part of this ministry?

Samaritan’s Purse offers the following guidelines on how to pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

Find a Shoebox

Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.

Girl or Boy?

Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category:

  • 2–4
  • 5–9
  • 10–14

Fill with Gifts

Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.

For more suggestions from Samaritan’s Purse, follow this link. Please also note the items that you cannot include.


Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.

“Follow Your Box” Labels

Donate $9 online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift. If you would rather just send your package with a basic label, please include your $9 donation inside your shoebox.

The $9 donation to Samaritan’s purse is used to sustain the ministry and cover the logistical costs of shipment and delivery.

Drop Off

Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, November 12–19, 2018. Lititz UMC is proud to serve as a local drop-off for Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes.

Most of the information on this page is provided courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse, a not-for-profit and non-denominational charitable organization.
Visit www.samaritanspurse.org for more information on how you can help.