Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child 2021

Fulfilling the Great Commission to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth!

What is Operation Christmas Child (OCC)?

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to children around the world as a tangible expression of God’s love through the hands of local partners. Samaritan’s Purse is bringing shoebox gifts and the message of the Gospel to more than 100 unreached people groups each year. Hundreds of new churches are being planted each year as a result of OCC outreach events and discipleship.


Upcoming Events for OCC:

  • Every Sunday, starting October 10, a table will be set up in the Gathering Place to share more information about OCC and to distribute empty shoeboxes to be filled.
  • StJLC is the shoebox collection site for the Hill Country Area. Many volunteers are needed to help during the November Collection Week. Please consider volunteering!


Key Dates:

  • November 15-22: OCC Collection Week – Shoebox Drop-Off at StJLC.
  • November 22: Pack Christmas boxes into cartons and load them on a truck.



Volunteer and Donation Opportunities:

  • Pray for OCC!
  • Pack a shoebox and drop off at StJLC during Collection Week.
  • Cash donations are welcome. Make check out to StJLC but be sure to designate it to OCC or Samaritan’s Purse.
  • November 15-22: Assist with manning the church during the Box Drop-Off times.
  • November 22: Help load the cartons into a trailer.

Please contact Gloria Baker at 830-431-0522 or by email at dgbaker@gvtc.com for information, questions, or to volunteer!

Want more information? Check out the Samaritan’s Purse website:

About Operation Christmas Child

Learn how to Pack a Shoebox:

How to Pack a Shoebox