Photo of children opening Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

Operation Christmas Child

We are celebrating our 20th year as a collection site for the Upper Midwest region of Operation Christmas Child. To commemorate such an occasion, we are hosting a festive gathering on Sunday, October 24th from 1:00pm-3:00pm. There will be games, prizes, and merriment galore! This event is open to all who have participated in Operation Christmas Child in the past or those interested in learning more about this wonderful ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to children worldwide through the “Power of a Simple Gift.” These shoebox gifts can not only meet a specific need of a child but also provide opportunities previously unavailable, like attending school. Shoebox gifts also provide children with the opportunity to experience unconditional love, grace, hope and feelings of value and worth all while shining a light into the darkness surrounding them. Each year we collect thousands of shoebox gifts, brought to us by local churches, youth groups, schools, MOPS groups, 4H chapters, scout troops, and individuals from our surrounding communities. In the past 20 years we have seen over 115,000 shoeboxes pass through our doors and out into the world impacting over 700,000 individuals worldwide.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 188 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 170 countries and territories.

Photo of children opening Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

See the Impact: #ShoeboxStories

National Collection Week is November 15-22, 2021

Operation Christmas Child, How to Pack a Shoebox

Electro’s goal for 2021: 2,200 shoeboxes

Central MN’s goal (6-county area) for 2021: 12,000 shoeboxes

Photos Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse