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“…working together with one mind and purpose.”
Philippians 2:2

Every Christmas season, hundreds of thousands of children open up gift-filled shoeboxes through Operation Christmas Child, the annual project of Samaritan’s Purse.

By 2020 our goal is to put Christmas shoeboxes from Australia and New Zealand in the hands of over half a million children across South East Asia and the Pacific Islands – every year! To have this kind of impact strong teams of volunteers are vital.

Will you connect with Samaritan’s Purse to help make Christmas brighter for more boys and girls?

Right now we are building domestic Area Teams throughout Australia and New Zealand who are working to grow the number of children and families who are impacted – on both ends – by Operation Christmas Child.

The work starts before the gift-filled shoeboxes leave the hands of the individuals who generously pack them and finishes the moment it leaves our shores. Our prayers follow the boxes as they are unpacked and hand delivered by our indigenous partners to children in need.

It takes the passion and dedication of thousands of volunteers, working together year-round, to make Operation Christmas Child possible. The roles are diverse but these volunteers are united by one common goal—to share a message of hope, joy and God’s unconditional love with children in desperate situations.

Operation Christmas Child provides a fulfilling opportunity for volunteers to serve God using their unique gifts. Each volunteer is a member of a team that works to implement prayer, leadership, promotions and logistics in their local area. To ensure a good fit, each volunteer is guided through a selection process.

Want to know more about joining an Area Team? Click here to fill out this brief form


Operation Christmas Child Year-Round Volunteers serve on local Area Teams throughout the year. They encourage others to pack gift-filled shoeboxes, which are making an eternal impact in the children’s lives. Is God calling you to use your skills and talents in one of the following ministry areas?

Church and Community Relations
Build relationships with churches and community groups in your local area encouraging them to pack shoeboxes and promote the ministry in their networks.

Prayer Mobilisation
Recruit local churches and groups to pray regularly for the ministry of Operation Christmas Child and join with the local Area Team to lift up specific needs in prayer.

Inspire and lead others in growing the local Area Team together in Christ and in opportunities for more shoebox gifts.

Schools & Young People
Build relationships with schools, youth groups and children’s ministries in your local area encouraging them to pack shoeboxes and promote the ministry.

Collection Network
Use your gifts of organisation, planning and coordination to lovingly collect and transport shoebox gifts to your nearest processing centre and resource your team.

Click here and register to find out more.