Inside Operation Christmas Child: How it works


Operation Christmas Child is a yearly operation in which millions of people give back to others. People can pack a shoebox with various toys and supplies, catered to specific categories, like an 11-14 year old girl, or a 5-8 year old boy. Then they drop their boxes off at certain locations, where they will be inspected, packaged, and shipped off to those in need. Ms. Muhr, who works for Valor Discovery helps us understand how this works, “Once someone has dropped off their box, the people at the processing center form a sort of assembly line. First off, they make sure that the boxes are suitable to their specific categories, and that the items don’t include liquid or toothpaste, or other restricted items. Then they remove these items and replace them with more suitable items so that all the children get fair boxes. Then they will package the shoeboxes into larger boxes for shipping and seal them. These large boxes are then transported to airports, where they can be shipped to 3rd world countries. Eventually, a truck will transport these boxes from the airports to the children.” Operation Christmas Child has been put on by Samaritan’s Purse for many years, so let’s learn more about it. It was created in 1993 by Franklin Graham, who received a call to help children in Bosnia, who were going through a civil war, so Samaritan’s Purse sent shoeboxes full of gifts to them, and so it was started. Since then, during November, many churches, schools, hospitals and more get together to bring Christmas to children in need all around the world. So that is how it all works, but how can you get involved? Well, if you want to help, there are numerous ways. You can volunteer with Valor Discovery by helping process and package the boxes (counts as service hours, visit Valor Discovery webpage to learn more) but if you want to go right to the source, you can make one of your own shoeboxes, and help spread some joy over the holidays.