operation christmas child

More than 4,000 locations will open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 15-22, offering a curbside option.

Organizers have added a new drop-off site in addition to Ochre Hill Baptist Church. This year  Cashiers Baptist Church will also be receiving shoebox gifts for those in the Cashiers area.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts – filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys – to children worldwide since 1993. This is a project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions.

Individuals, families and groups still have time to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the How to Pack a Shoebox webpage.

“In the midst of the pandemic, children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

Participants can find the nearest drop-off location (website: samaritanspurse.org/OCC Drop-Off Locations) and hours of operation as they make plans to drop off their shoebox gifts. The online lookup tool is searchable by city or zip code. Signs at each location will identify the drop-off entrance. 

The locations and hours for sites in Jackson County are the following:


Cashiers Baptist Church, 213 U.S. Highway 64 East.

• Monday, Nov. 15: 5-7 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 16: 1-4 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. until noon.

• Thursday, Nov. 18: 1-4 p.m.

• Friday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. until noon. 

• Saturday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 21: 1-3 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. until noon.


Ochre Hill Baptist Church, 14 Norman Drive 

• Monday, Nov. 15: 4-7 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 16: 4-7 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 17: 5-8 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 18: 4-7 p.m.

• Friday, Nov. 19: 5-8 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 20: noon until 5 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 21: 1-5 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. until noon.


Those interested in more information on how Operation Christmas Child is making adjustments during its National Collection Week can visit the organization’s Important COVID-19 Updates webpage for the latest information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, seeks 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 gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.