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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.

Shoebox Packing

We are grateful you plan to join us this year to pack shoeboxes. They will be collected throughout October. For churches and groups meeting online, digital resources are available.

Drop Off Locations

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

Processing Centres

We will need volunteers to help process shoeboxes from October but please check this page for updates. We are working to make all processing centres compliant with COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with local government regulations.

State/Region Updates

Please check this page regularly for updates.

►New South Wales

Our National Office is currently CLOSED due to COVID-19 lockdowns and much of the state is in lockdown. Please call 1300 884 468 if you have any questions.

►Queensland

Greater Brisbane is currently in lockdown.

►Victoria

Victoria is currently in lockdown.

►Western Australia

No changes.

►South Australia

No changes.

►Northern Territory

No changes.

►Tasmania

No changes.

►New Zealand

No changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

►Will you still be collecting shoebox gifts this season?

Operation Christmas Child plans to collect shoebox gifts during October 2021. 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.