Mark your calendars! Please join us at Chick-fil-A Whitman Square or Somerton on November 8 from 11am – 1pm or from 5pm – 7pm for Operation Christmas Child Collection Day. Drop off your filled shoebox and monetary donation during these times to receive an offer card for a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A our restaurants.
Boxes are available to pick up at both restaurants now!
How to Pack a Shoebox
Operation Christmas Child delivers great joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children in need around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. Each box packed full of quality toys, school supplies, and personal care items becomes a tangible expression of God’s immense love for the child. For many, it is their first gift ever! Delivered by our local church partners, shoebox gifts provide an opportunity to present the Gospel to boys and girls in a clear, child-friendly way.
Step One: Pick Up Your Shoebox
Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox or. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately. You can use your own shoeboxes or pick up one from our restaurants. These sturdy options hold up well and can be lasting gifts in themselves for children to store cherished items.
Step Two: Attach Your Label
Use the label to indicate on your shoebox whether it was packed for a boy or girl and which age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14. You can also visit Operation Christmas Child’s Label Options page to find out whether an adhesive or printable label is best for you.
Step Three: Fill with Gifts
Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Don’t forget to also include a personal note and photo—sometimes these are the child’s favorite things to receive!
View suggested gift items here.
Step Four: Pray
Most importantly, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) for the child who will receive your shoebox gift. Join our Prayer Network and receive ways you can continue to pray for Operation Christmas Child.
Step Five: Donate
A donation of $10 per box is critical to cover shipping and other project costs. For easiest processing, you can give online through our Label Options or Ways to Give pages, or by mailing a check in the postage-paid envelope available in our print brochure. If you use an online option on the Labels page, you can Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your gift.
Step Five: Drop Off
Take your shoebox gift to one of our restaurants on November 8, 2022 from 11am-1pm or from 5pm – 7pm to receive a digital offer card for a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich while supplies last. Alternatively, you can drop off to any local drop off location.
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