Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, has delivered over 157 million shoeboxes to children around the world in 150 countries.   Each shoe box is filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and other gifts.

A colorful Gospel storybook, translated into the child’s own language, is also included.  Discipleship programs are offered as well to help children grow into lifelong followers of Jesus!


Filling a shoe box is easy to do.  Visit for more information about:

  • How to pack a shoe box gift
  • Age and gender of the child (you choose)
  • Gifts that are appropriate to buy and gifts that are not
  • How to help with shipping expenses

FYI:  Toothpaste and candy are not allowed in shoeboxes this year due to increased restrictions entering some countries.

National Shoebox Collection Week for 2018 is November 12-19.  Check this page after Nov. 1st for collection hours when shoeboxes may be dropped off at Dearborn Hills UMC.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office (812-637-3993).

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”     Mark 16:15, NIV