Share Jesus this Christmas
Pick up a box and return it packed in the lobby at Rooftop from Oct. 17 - Nov. 14.
Rooftop Church will collect packed boxes for children around the world this fall as part of Operation Christmas Child from Oct. 17 - Nov. 14. The mission of the program is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need across the globe. 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.
Since 1993, more than 188 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and the story of Jesus.
Here's how to pack a box:
Find a Shoebox
You can use your own shoeboxes or order them from Samaritan's Purse. Rooftop has purchased a number of cardboard boxes you can use for free.
Get Your Label
Pick a label up from Rooftop's Operation Christmas Child table in the Lobby or visit the Label Options page . Whichever you choose, use the label to indicate on your shoebox whether it was packed for a boy or girl and which age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 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. Don’t forget to also include a personal note and photo—sometimes these are the child's favorite things to receive! Here's a list of suggested items.
Most importantly, "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17) for the child who will receive your shoebox gift. Please also pray for:
- Their family to also be receptive to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
- The pastor of the church who delivers your shoebox gift.
- Their community to be transformed by the Gospel.
Donate $9 Per Shoebox:
A donation of $9 per box is critical to cover shipping and other project costs. For easiest processing, you can give online through our Label Options or Ways to Give pages, or by dropping off your donation at Rooftop along with your box. If you use an online option on the Labels page, you can Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your gift.
Return your packed shoebox gift to the table in the Lobby at Rooftop until Nov. 14.
Pack a Box Online
If you can't build your own box, you can order one online and the volunteers at Samaritan's Purse will build it for you. An online box costs $25 and allows you to customize it for a boy or girl. Use the button below to order.
- Got questions? Visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. Or use the form below to contact Cindy Mills, Rooftop's coordinator for OCC.