Campaign Ideas

Great ways to encourage others to be involved!


  • Have a kick-off Sunday for Operation Christmas Child. Set up a promotional display in a visible area of the church and hand out brochures. Show the Operation Christmas Child DVD, or insert Operation Christmas Child brochures into your church bulletin.
  • Invite an Operation Christmas Child representative to speak about the project.
  • Ask a member of the church to share how Operation Christmas Child has impacted his or her life.
  • Use Operation Christmas Child in small groups or youth groups as an outreach ministry, by hosting a packing party or special shopping trip to encourage participation and relationship building. Take pictures to include in the shoe box gifts.
  • Have a Shoe Box dedication service. Arrange for children to bring the shoe box gifts to the front of the church and pray for them.
  • Incorporate Operation Christmas Child into your church’s missions initiatives.
  • When appropriate, please consider having a special offering for Operation Christmas Child at your church.


  • Mums, dads and grandparents can take a special shopping trip with their children and grandchildren to pick out shoe box gift items.
  • Pack shoe box gifts in honour or in memory of someone. Include a picture and a note about the person for the child who will receive the shoe box.
  • Throw a children’s party with an Operation Christmas Child theme. Guests bring along empty shoe boxes and supply gift items.
  • Have a neighbourhood shoe box packing party, and take pictures to include in the shoe box gifts.


  • Use Operation Christmas Child as an opportunity to learn about and pray for children of other cultures, languages, and world religions.
  • Choose one of the Destination Countries to study. (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Solomon Islands or Fiji.) Research the customs, flag, geography, and current events. Invite a native of one of the countries to share with your class.
  • Role play. What is life like for children in these countries, and what might these children like to receive as a Christmas gift?
  • Invite an Operation Christmas Child representative to speak about the project.
  • Encourage participants to decorate or wrap their boxes (lid separately), and prepare a special note for inside the shoe box to the recipient child. Younger children can use our Kids’ “All about Me ” colouring-in pages.
    Click here for colouring pages


  • Form a prayer team that prays regularly for Operation Christmas Child. You can pray specifically for items listed in our prayer newsletter.
  • Arrange for some young people to take a special shopping trip with seniors to buy shoe box gift items.
  • Collect and wrap empty shoe boxes (lid separately) to make available for Operation Christmas Child participants.
  • Host a shoe box packing party. Supply empty shoe boxes for every guest, and take photos to include in the boxes.


  • Encourage employees to pack Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts as a community relations activity or team-building initiative.
  • Use Operation Christmas Child as a meaningful theme for your Christmas party. Have guests bring empty shoe boxes and supply gift items, and take pictures to include in the gifts.
  • Include an Operation Christmas Child brochure with employees’ pay cheques with a note telling them where and when to drop-off their completed boxes.
  • Consider how your business can partner with Operation Christmas Child through gifts-in-kind, such as filler items and supplies for our Processing Centres, or through donations to help with shipping and other program costs. Please call us on 1800 684 300 if your business is interested in providing any of the following items that are necessary for processing and shipping the shoe boxes.
  • Filler items for shoe box gifts (such as small toys, school supplies, and hygiene items)
  • Warehouse equipment/supplies
  • Shipping and packing supplies
  • Snacks and refreshments for volunteers
  • Office supplies