Operation Christmas Child Project


This is an optional opportunity and information is being provided for those choosing to participate.

Teaching our Students about Citizenship...

November's character trait is "Citizenship" and in an effort to teach our students about supporting their community and country we are participating in the Samaritan's Purse project, known as "Operation Christmas Child." Below are some facts about this project and how it works. We believe this is a project our students will enjoy participating in and it will help them more fully understand the concept of citizenship through giving of their time and resources to children in need.


Students are learning "You can demonstrate good citizenship by being a person who is involved in trying to make the community, nation, or world a better place. You can also show good citizenship by considering the needs of others in your community, home, or school."

Each family who participates in this endeavor through sending items or packing a shoebox will receive volunteer hours for the month of November. If you have any questions, please email stacey.hatley@bethelhill.net Please note, shoeboxes and/or items for the shoeboxes are due by Wednesday, November 10. Thank you for your help in promoting citizenship at our school!


  • The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
  • Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 188 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 170 countries and territories.
  • In 2021, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 9.7 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine.


  1. Send in individual supplies to be put in shoeboxes at school.
  2. Pack a shoebox with your family at home.
  3. Complete a shoebox online.

**If packing a shoebox or sending items to school, please carefully review the "Do not Include" list provided below to ensure your gift is able to used for this project. We appreciate your attention to these details!**

Steps for packing your own shoebox:

1. Find a shoebox - Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately. (You may also request a shoebox from your child's teacher.)
2. Choose boy/girl and age range - After choosing boy/girl and the age range (2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, or 10-14 years old) for your shoebox you will need to either get a label from your child's teacher or print a label to attach to your shoebox indicating your selection. Labels can be printed by clicking the "Shoebox Labels" button below.
Shoebox Labels

After following this link you will need to click on "Get Labels" and then click on "Printable Labels". There are two options for printing labels - one with and one without the option to track your gift.

3. Pack your shoebox gift - 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!

Build Your Shoebox Online

One convenient and personal way to give shoebox gifts directly from home is to build a shoebox online. You make it your own by choosing from a list of gifts then adding a letter and a photo. Operation Christmas Child will pack it for you and send it off. Click the button below to get started!

Please AVOID the following items:

Do Not Include:

  • candy
  • toothpaste
  • gum
  • used or damaged items
  • war-related items
  • seeds
  • food
  • liquids or lotions
  • medications or vitamins
  • breakable items or glass containers
  • aerosol cans

These items will NOT be able to be used for this project.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting our school's effort to promote citizenship!