Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization.
Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Samaritan's Purse will ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.


Whiteford Wesleyan is collecting items for Operation Christmas Child throughout the year. We can impact more children around the world for eternity by looking for shoebox items throughout the year.
Check out our packing guide for the suggested item of the month.

  • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)

  • Adhesive bandages
    (Colorful ones can help a child be more willing to wear a bandage. Do not include liquid antibiotic ointment.)

  • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils
    (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or washcloths to maximize the space.)

  • Comb

  • Hairbrush

  • Washcloth

  • Toothbrush

  • Blanket

  • Non-liquid lip balm

  • Flashlight
    (solar-powered or hand-crank; if battery operated, be sure to include extra batteries of the type needed)

  • Compact mirror

  • Nail clipper and file

  • Stick deodorant

  • Compact Mirror

  • Washable/reusable* cloth menstrual pads*


*Specifically for girls

  • Pencils

  • Small manual pencil sharpener

  • Erasers

  • Colored pencils

  • Pencil case

  • Pens

  • Crayons

  • Markers

  • Notebooks

  • Blank index cards

  • Solar-powered calculator

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Protractor

  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue.)

  • Small adhesive tape

  • Pencils

  • Small manual pencil sharpener

  • Colored pencils

  • Pencil case

  • Pens

  • Crayons

  • Markers

  • Coloring pads

  • Coloring books

  • Picture book

  • Notebooks

  • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue.)

  • Small adhesive tape

  • Watercolor set
    [Finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper]

  • Building blocks

  • Playdough
    (Consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough.)

  • Stickers

  • Make your own items such as finger puppets and friendship bracelets. Download instructions here.

  • Skipping rope/Jump rope

  • Doll

  • Soccer ball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

  • Stuffed animal

  • An outfit of clothing to wear

  • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)

  • Backpack