Volunteer to serve at an
Operation Christmas Child
Processing Center.

Operation Christmas Child

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Volunteering at a Processing Center

Millions of shoeboxes are collected during National Collection Week. Before these special gifts can bring hope and joy to children around the world, each one has to be carefully inspected and made ready for overseas shipment by volunteers like you. You can help prepare shoeboxes for delivery by volunteering at a processing center. About 80,000 volunteers serve annually at our 8 processing centers across the United States.

We have opportunities at the processing centers for volunteer groups of all sizes. You can volunteer as an individual or with family and friends.

All volunteers must be at least 13 years of age, regardless of a student’s grade level. Due to the warehouse environment we can allow no exceptions to this age requirement. At least one chaperone for every four youth is required (youth volunteers include any volunteers between the ages of 13-17.)


Processing Center Dates

In 2018, we will begin our normal processing season on Tuesday, November 20th and finish no later than Saturday, December 15th - although our exact completion day is not predictable. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Sundays. Registration for the dates in November and December will begin in early October and last througout the processing season. 

We will also be doing a special Build A Shoebox Online packing project in our Charlotte Processing Center during the week of June 11th. There will be more information coming on this site soon to register for this incredible opportunity. If you have any questions regarding Processing Center volunteer opportunities, do not hesitate to contact us at occinfo@samaritan.org. 


Confirmed 2018 Processing Center Locations

Boone - 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607

Charlotte - 7100 Forest Point Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217