Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child (OCC), the unique shoe box gift project of Samaritan’s Purse, has brought joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good news of God’s love.  Last year Samaritan’s Purse has collected over 8.5 million shoeboxes that have been hand delivered all over the world. For many of these children, these shoeboxes are the only gift they have ever received.

Here at First Presbyterian Church we are actively involved in this mission project by packing, collecting, and shipping shoeboxes from our congregation.  Every fall we begin collecting items to fill shoeboxes for the OCC national collection week that take place a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  Our church has a Packing Party (Saturday, November 11, 2017)where we fill shoeboxes with much needed items, including a hand written notes and photos. Our church is also the Regional Drop Off Center for all the shoeboxes being filled by other churches, organizations, and individuals in the Tri-state Area.  Thousands of shoeboxes have been received at our church and packed on semi-trucks to be sent to Samaritan’s Purse processing center in Minneapolis.

There are many volunteer options to help with OCC.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this mission outreach program, you may contact the church and ask for the OCC coordinator.


If you’d like to pack a shoe box – here are some suggested items to be included:

Items needed for shoe-boxes:

Bars of soap & wash clothes                                           hard candy, lollipops, or Tootsie rolls,                     markers, colored pencils, crayons                               small notebooks & coloring books                                 erasers and pencil sharpeners                                     kid’s socks & t-shirts                                                       hair ribbons combs/brushes                                                                   matchbox cars & stickers                                                                         solar calculators & simple tools                                                                   toothbrushes & toothpaste                                         Playdough & balls & stuffed animals

All items should be new                                         No liquids, chocolate, glass, war toys, or perishable food items collected.                                                                      You may bring your items to the church to be stored until our OCC packing party in November or save them at your house.

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First Presbyterian Church
233 West Ave South
La Crosse WI 54601

Phone: 608.784.4248
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8:00am – 4:00pm

(September – May)

Sunday Worship

8:30am Chapel Worship

9:30am Education Hour

10:30am Sanctuary Worship