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Important COVID-19 Updates

Samaritan’s Purse-Operation Christmas Child continues to share the eternal hope of the Gospel in Jesus’ name, despite the interruptions experienced due to COVID-19.

 

Shoeboxes will be collected this year and continue to impact boys and girls worldwide, sharing the love and hope of Jesus. We are already monitoring local, state, and national guidelines and making adjustments to help protect the health of those involved in preparing shoebox gifts as we partner with you to bring hope to children around the world.

 

State/Region Updates

New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory

Shoebox Packing

We are collecting shoeboxes again this year and we we are grateful you plan to join us! Shoeboxes will be collected throughout 1-14 November (for NSW & ACT only). Click here for all the information you need to get started.

 

You can also Pack A Shoebox Online; for just $30 you can choose a boy or girl and age group, write a personalised letter and we will pack and send it for you. Click here to Pack A Shoebox Online today!

 

Drop Off Locations

All drop off locations will be open during 1-14 November (for NSW & ACT only), and you will be able to view locations here during the first two weeks of November. Please be assured all collection locations will be adhering to local government guidelines for everyone’s safety.

 

Processing Centres

We need volunteers to help process shoeboxes from 2 November, and you can register here. Please be assured that we are monitoring local, state and national COVID-19 guidelines and all of our locations will comply with government regulations. At this time, as per government policy, all volunteers in the NSW Processing Centre must be vaccinated.

 

Queensland

 

Shoebox Packing

We are collecting shoeboxes again this year and we we are grateful you plan to join us! Shoeboxes will be collected 1-31 October. Click here for all the information you need to get started.

 

You can also Pack A Shoebox Online; for just $30 you can choose a boy or girl and age group, write a personalised letter and we will pack and send it for you. Click here to Pack A Shoebox Online today!

 

Drop Off Locations

All drop off locations will be open during 1-31 October, and you will be able to view locations here throughout October. Please be assured all collection locations will be adhering to local government guidelines for everyone’s safety.

 

Processing Centres

You can register to volunteer at our Processing Centre in Kedron now. Please click here to book in today!

 

Victoria

 

Our VIC office is currently CLOSED due to COVID-19 lockdown. Please call 1300 884 468 if you have any questions.

 

Shoebox Packing

We are collecting shoeboxes again this year and we we are grateful you plan to join us! Shoeboxes will be collected 1 October – 14 November. Click here for all the information you need to get started.

 

You can also Pack A Shoebox Online; for just $30 you can choose a boy or girl and age group, write a personalised letter and we will pack and send it for you. Click here to Pack A Shoebox Online today!

 

Drop Off Locations

All drop off locations will be open during 1 October – 14 November, and you will be able to view locations here throughout October. Please be assured all collection locations will be adhering to local government guidelines for everyone’s safety.

 

Processing Centres

This year, shoeboxes collected in Victoria will be sent to South Australia for processing, but we will need volunteers to pack shipping containers that will be sent interstate. Please register your details by clicking here and we will contact you with more information.

 

Western Australia

 

Shoebox Packing

We are collecting shoeboxes again this year and we we are grateful you plan to join us! Shoeboxes will be collected 1-31 October. Click here for all the information you need to get started.

 

You can also Pack A Shoebox Online; for just $30 you can choose a boy or girl and age group, write a personalised letter and we will pack and send it for you. Click here to Pack A Shoebox Online today!

 

Drop Off Locations

All drop off locations will be open during 1-31 October, and you will be able to view locations here throughout October. Please be assured all collection locations will be adhering to local government guidelines for everyone’s safety.

 

Processing Centres

You can register to volunteer at our Processing Centre in Balcatta now. Please click here to book in today!

 

South Australia

 

Shoebox Packing

We are collecting shoeboxes again this year and we we are grateful you plan to join us! Shoeboxes will be collected 1-31 October. Click here for all the information you need to get started.

 

You can also Pack A Shoebox Online; for just $30 you can choose a boy or girl and age group, write a personalised letter and we will pack and send it for you. Click here to Pack A Shoebox Online today!

 

Drop Off Locations

All drop off locations will be open during 1-31 October, and you will be able to view locations here throughout October. Please be assured all collection locations will be adhering to local government guidelines for everyone’s safety.

 

Processing Centres

You can register to volunteer at our Processing Centre in Port Adelaide now. Please click here to book in today!

 

Northern Territory

 

Shoebox Packing

We are collecting shoeboxes again this year and we we are grateful you plan to join us! Shoeboxes will be collected 1-31 October. Click here for all the information you need to get started.

 

You can also Pack A Shoebox Online; for just $30 you can choose a boy or girl and age group, write a personalised letter and we will pack and send it for you. Click here to Pack A Shoebox Online today!

 

Drop Off Locations

All drop off locations will be open during 1-31 October, and you will be able to view locations here throughout October. Please be assured all collection locations will be adhering to local government guidelines for everyone’s safety.

 

Processing Centres

Shoeboxes collected in the Northern Territory are sent to South Australia for processing. We currently do not have any volunteer opportunities available at this time.

 

Tasmania

 

Shoebox Packing

We are collecting shoeboxes again this year and we we are grateful you plan to join us! Shoeboxes will be collected 1-31 October. Click here for all the information you need to get started.

 

You can also Pack A Shoebox Online; for just $30 you can choose a boy or girl and age group, write a personalised letter and we will pack and send it for you. Click here to Pack A Shoebox Online today!

 

Drop Off Locations

All drop off locations will be open during 1-31 October, and you will be able to view locations here throughout October. Please be assured all collection locations will be adhering to local government guidelines for everyone’s safety.

 

Processing Centres

You can register to volunteer at our Processing Centre in Hobart now. Please click here to book in today!

 

New Zealand

 

Our New Zealand office is currently CLOSED due to COVID-19 lockdown, but our Field Ministry Leader is still available. Please call 0800 726 274 if you have any questions.

 

Shoebox Packing

We are collecting shoeboxes again this year and we we are grateful you plan to join us! Shoeboxes will be collected 1-31 October. Click here for all the information you need to get started.

 

You can also Pack A Shoebox Online; for just $30AUD you can choose a boy or girl and age group, write a personalised letter and we will pack and send it for you. Click here to Pack A Shoebox Online today!

 

Drop Off Locations

All drop off locations will be open during 1-31 October, and you will be able to view locations here throughout October. Please be assured all collection locations will be adhering to local government guidelines for everyone’s safety.

 

Processing Centres

Due to current lockdowns, we are still finalising a Processing Centre location and volunteer dates. Please register your details by clicking here and we will contact you with more information once confirmed.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you still be collecting shoebox gifts this season?

Operation Christmas Child is collecting shoeboxes again this year. Please see below a couple of changes to collection dates for this year due to lockdowns.

 

NSW | ACT – Shoebox Collection 1 – 14 November
VIC – Shoebox Collection 1 October – 14 November
QLD | SA | NT | WA | TAS – Shoebox Collection 1 – 31 October
New Zealand – Shoebox Collection 1 – 31 October

 

The best way to stay up-to-date on any changes this season is by continuing to check this page and by visiting our social media channels.

 

We may not be able to host a packing party at our church, impacting the number of boxes we plan to pack. Any suggestions?

We strongly encourage packing parties to follow local government guidelines. If your church or group shoebox goal is impacted by COVID-19, you may want to consider partnering with us in raising money for The Greatest Journey or by Packing A Shoebox Online.

Is Operation Christmas Child still moving forward with ministry overseas with COVID-19, or is it impacting the efforts of Operation Christmas Child?

We are continuing ministry overseas. Operation Christmas Child is working directly with our international volunteer leadership teams in over 100 countries to assess ongoing ministry activity with some modifications according to local government guidelines.

Does Operation Christmas Child need these boxes?

Yes! Now more than ever, children need to have the reassurance that they are loved by God. We believe in the urgency of reaching communities with the eternal hope of the Gospel, especially in these uncertain times. Shoebox gifts and our follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey are powerful tools to share this Good News with millions of people around the world.

If we can’t gather, why would kids be gathering?

The health and safety of our staff, local partners and beneficiaries is of utmost importance to us. Samaritan’s Purse is constantly monitoring COVID-19 trends around the world. In addition, Operation Christmas Child is working directly with our international volunteer leadership teams in over 100 countries to assess ongoing ministry activity with some modifications according to local government guidelines.

Should participants be shopping for shoebox items during this time?

Samaritan’s Purse and the Operation Christmas Child team encourages everyone to follow local guidelines and use personal discernment to shop for shoebox items. Many stores are opening around the country and online shopping is a popular method for participants. You can also Pack A Shoebox Online if you cannot leave your home.

What’s the best way to get updates?

The best way to stay informed is to stay current on our social media channels and to continue checking this page.

Does the virus change what we can or should pack this year?

At this time there are no changes as to what can and can’t be packed in shoebox gifts this year. We encourage you to continue visiting this page for the latest updates.