Each year we partner with Samaritan's Purse to provide Christmas shoe boxes full of necessities, toys, love and the Good News of Jesus to thousands of kids.  This ministry is ongoing all through the year! You are encouraged to shop for shoebox items (school and hygiene items, toys, books, socks, etc.). Donations are now being accepted at Immanuel.

SUGGESTED DONATIONS: hygiene items (soap, washcloths), school supplies (crayons, pens/pencils, notebooks), small toys (cars, jump ropes, dolls, playing cards).  PLEASE NOTE: OCC will NOT collect empty shoe boxes, toothpaste, candy or gum.

This year's COMMUNITY PACKING PARTY will be held at Immanuel on Saturday, November 9, 9 AM - 4 PM.

PREP PARTIES (see dates below) will be held leading up to the Community Packing Party on Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9-4 PM, to accomplish tasks such as sorting items, wrapping boxes, etc. 

  • JUNE 29 (9 AM - 12 PM)
  • JULY 27 (9 AM - 12 PM)
  • SEPTEMBER 21 (9 AM - 12 PM)
  • OCTOBER 12 (9 AM - 12 PM)
  • NOVEMBER 2 (9 AM - 1 PM)

To stay up-to-date with all the latest OCC events, opportunities, and needs Join our Facebook Page HERE.  

For more information on how to get involved contact Susan Schmidt at occ@immanuelhome.org

Prep parties & Team Meetings

Prep Party Dates, 9 AM - 12 PM:

  • June 29
  • July 27
  • September 21
  • October 12
  • November 2 (9 AM-1PM)


TUESDAYS, AUGUST 6, 13, 20, 27, 6-8 PM

Eat at Chick-Fil A, 6550 Grand Avenue in Gurnee, on the above dates, and 12% of the sales will be donated to help Operation Christmas Child send shoebox gifts to hurting children around the world. Let the cashier know that you are choosing to support OCC. Spread the word!

Your Donations Matter

Your donations throughout the year and your participation in our OCC packing party each year matters!  

Watch this short video made specifically for Immanuel to hear from a young woman who received a shoebox

as a child and now helps provide shoeboxes for others!