Host a Packing Party

Collection of shoebox items

Hosting a Packing Party is a great way to share the ministry impact of Operation Christmas Child with your Church or Group. Organising a packing party is easy — just follow the steps below to plan your event and order/download free materials.





Prayer is crucial to Operation Christmas Child. Pray for many children and families to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ through the outreach of local churches worldwide.




Plan Your Party & Order Free Materials

Sample Event Schedules 

Sample General Party Schedule
Sample Kids Party Schedule

Order Free Promotional Materials

Check out our Resources page for all the Operation Christmas Child items Samaritan’s Purse has to offer to help you promote your event. You’ll find leaflets, posters, gift suggestions and more

Order Preprinted Shoeboxes

Purchase our preprinted shoeboxes to fill with gifts for children in need. You may also use a standard-size cardboard as well.

Party Decorations

Why not theme your party with red, green and white and silver balloons?

Give your event a global feel with our World Map Bunting. Download template from our Project Leader page

Decorate a Christmas tree with items you can pack in a shoebox gift and the Operation Christmas Child logo. Download template here.


Share Operation Christmas Child Videos at Your Party

Video Downloads

Other Helpful Resources

Editable & Printable Packing Party Signs
Food ideas
Craft ideas
Spiritual Impact Stories 
Printable ‘All About Me’ Colouring Page from our resources page

Invite Your Friends

Download this printable, customisable invitation.

Share the event on social media




Collect Items to Fill Your Shoeboxes

Select quality “wow” items such as dolls, footballs with pumps, or cuddly toys. Also find other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Learn more about what to pack in your shoebox gift.




Collect £5 per Shoebox

A donation of £5 per box is critical to cover the costs of collecting, processing and shipping shoebox gifts from the UK to 13 countries. It also provides training and project materials for local churches and groups overseas to lead safe, well-organised celebrations where children in need receive shoeboxes.  Learn more.

Ideas for Fundraising 





Post the results of your packing party on social media using the hashtag #ipackshoeboxes (tag @occuk for Facebook/Instagram & OCC_UK for Twitter)


Download PDF Packing Party Guide

Packing Party Guide