OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 188 million shoeboxes to children in over 170 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

Monday-Friday, November 15-19, 2021  11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 20-21, 2021 12pm-2pm
Monday, November 22, 2021 11am-1pm
*If you attend Bridgeview Church, completed boxes can be dropped off in the foyer at the OCC table any time before Nov 22.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Bridgeview Church is also in need of volunteers to help with box intake during collection week during the above hours. Please sign up in the foyer or online HERE. We are in need of friendly greeters, prayer warriors and hard-working carton packers!

***Click on the link above for instruction on how to pack a shoebox.***

List of common items to place in shoeboxes:
“Wow” item: soccer ball with pump, doll, stuffed animal, shoes
School Supplies: pencils, pencil sharpeners, notebooks, paper, calculators
Crayons and Coloring Books
Personal Care Items: toothbrush, washcloth, bar soap, combs, hairbrush
Toys: toy cars, jump ropes, yo-yos, toys that light up & make noise
Clothing Items: socks, sunglasses, jewelry, watches, 
Household Items: flashlight, tools, sewing kits

Following is a list of items NOT to place in any of the shoe boxes.  

Unfortunately, these items are removed upon arrival at the processing center and before they are shipped out to their destinations.

Anything liquid (shampoo, hand-sanitizer, bubbles, nail polish, lip gloss, glue, aerosol cans, etc.)
Breakable (glass items, porcelain dolls, miniature tea sets, mirrors, etc.)
Military itemsPokémon, or toy weapons
Food & Candy (Snack cakes, crackers, cookies, gum, seeds, candy, etc.)
No Toothpaste and No Medications (vitamins, Tylenol, Advil, vitamins)
Shipping Cost: a donation of $9 per box is suggested to cover shipping and other project costs. For easiest giving, you can give by check using an OCC provided postage paid envelope or online HERE

For questions, contact our BVC Coordinator, Steve Friedman, HERE.