“Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
Mark 10:14, ESV

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. The mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. These boxes will be shipped internationally to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.

Every shoebox gift provides an opportunity for evangelism and discipleship, which leads to the multiplication of new believers and churches around the world.

In 2022 alone...
-Over 10.6 million shoeboxes were collected.
-Over 4 million children participated in The Greatest Journey discipleship program.
-2.3 million children who participated in The Greatest Journey reported a decision for Christ.

How can you be a part? 

Eastside Baptist Church meets every Thursday from 9:00am to noon in Room 206 to sort and prepare items that will be used to build boxes for children all across the world. 

2024 Monthly Collection List


  • School supplies: Coloring books, pens/pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, crayons, writing pads or paper,  small picture/sticker books, erasers


  • WOW Items (fun, special gifts): small stuffed animals, small toys (puppets, trucks, small etch-a-sketch), small lego kits, small cars, small dolls,