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Operation Christmas Child – Grace Coastal Church

Operation Christmas Child

What is Operation Christmas Child (OCC)?

 in Okatie, SC 11/07/21 

OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse.  Many churches, including GCC, participate.  Designed to give children in need a tangible expression of God’s love through a gift-filled shoebox, this is the first gift from anyone that many of the children have ever received. After the shoeboxes are packed and shipped (mostly overseas), local believers share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the children as the gifts are distributed.  Families are reached.  New churches are started. Communities are transformed.

To participate by preparing a shoebox, come to the OCC table in the Narthex to pick up a shoebox or to receive details of how you can pack a virtual shoebox.  Please pray for the child who will receive your gift(s).  Shoeboxes need to be returned by Sunday, November 7. 

Packing a traditional OCC shoebox.

1) Pick up a shoebox from the narthex.
2) Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
3) Fill your box with a “wow” item such as a soccer ball (deflated) with pump or stuffed animal, along with other
fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Let us know if you would like us to email you a list of items you
may want to consider including.
Items not to include:
food; seeds; toothpaste, liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; aerosol cans, warrelated items such as toy
guns, knives or military figures; breakable, used, or damaged items
4) Most importantly: pray for the child who will receive your gift.
5) (Optional) Include a personal note and photo.
6) Donate $9 online per shoebox. Receive a label to “Follow Your Box” (
christmas-child/follow-your-box ) and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.
7) Upon checkout: Print your unique label or save it to your computer. A receipt with your label will also be sent
to your email address. Don’t cover the barcode with tape or damage it in any way; this can affect scanning. If
your label is ripped or separated from the shoebox in the packing process, it may prevent OCC from letting you
know where your gift will be delivered to a child in need. The email receipt containing your label will provide
a link to your “Look-Up Tool” (
8) Please place a rubber band around your box.
9) Bring your shoebox(es) to GCC by Sunday, November 7.

Packing an online shoebox.

1) Go to Grace Coastal Church’s personal online shoebox building page:
2) Click “Build a Shoebox Online Now”.
3) Click one of the following:
a) “Start Building” (to select the gifts yourself). Follow the prompts. Pull down the gifts to place in virtual
b) “Build It For Me” (if you want Samaritan’s Purse to choose the gifts).
c) “Give For Others to Build” (if you wish to donate money so that other GCC friends can shop for gifts).
If you want to build it yourself, decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age
category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14. Select your gifts. (Optional: Include a photo and type a message.)
d) Checkout. The cost is $31 ($25 for gifts and $6 towards The Greatest Journey.) Payment is by credit card.
e) Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.
1) Speak with one of the GCC team leaders by the OCC table in the Narthex.
2) Email or call/text Carolyn Weber at or 843-645-0800.
Thank you for your help.