Living Hope Church is proud and blessed to partner with Samaratin's Purse each year for the Operation Christmas Child ministry.  "The global Christmas project Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. Each year the project mobilizes more than 150,000 volunteers in the United States. Since 2010, more than 14 million children who received a shoebox gift have participated in the follow-up program, The Greatest Journey. This 12-lesson discipleship program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ."

Throughout the year we create and gather items to fill the shoe boxes in preparation for our Annual OCC Packing Party!  This is a favorite event for many because of the fun we can have while packing each box with love, and anticipation for it's impending journey.  Our packing party is not localized, but warmly extended to the entire community.  You too can join us in spreading God's great love.

With so many restrictions on items shipping overseas, many are finding it easier to make a monetary donation than shopping for shoebox filler items on their own.  We are happy to shop for you, but grateful for all physical item donations as well.   

2023 OCC Collections Week

Completed boxes can be dropped off at our building on the following dates:

Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tue, Nov. 14: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Wed, Nov. 15: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Thu, Nov. 16: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fri, Nov. 17: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Sun, Nov. 19: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00am - 10:00am

Our 2023 packing party is planned for Friday November 10th, at 6pm, dinner is provided!


Sheer joy overwhelms a girl in the African nation of Namibia as she opens her gift-filled shoebox.
More than 8,000 children in the island nation of Grenada received shoebox gifts in 2018.
This boy from Kiribati excitedly shows off the shoebox gift he received at an Operation Christmas Child outreach event in his village.
Mexico: Gift-filled shoeboxes not only delight the hearts of children, but their families as well!
Boys in the Caucasus nation of Georgia rejoice to receive shoebox gifts and The Greatest Gift Gospel booklets.
Ecuador: Jamyleth (right) who received a shoebox gift as a child enjoys helping a new generation of children discover God’s love for them through simple shoebox gifts.
OCC Packing Party 2021

Revisit highlights from our Operation Christmas Child packing party from November 5th, 2021. A huge turnout of volunteers, who we express immense thanks for helping get over 1,000 boxes packed and ready to be sent around the world! Praise Jesus!

A powerful testimony from Elena Hagemeier on the impact of Operation Christmas Child in her life.

Note: though we have worked to improve the audio, there are some challenges with the last third of the video. We encourage you to listen on headphones in order to experience the testimony well.