Volunteer to serve at an
Operation Christmas Child
Processing Center.

Operation Christmas Child

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Processing Center Dates

In 2017, we will begin our processing season on November 21st and finish no later than Saturday, December 16th - although our exact completion day is not predictable. Registration for the dates in November and December will begin the week of October 2nd. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Sundays.


Volunteer 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.)

You can sign up to serve at any of our Processing Center sites according to the schedule below:

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017:
Baltimore/Washington and Boone

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017:
Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Southern California

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017:
Charlotte, Minneapolis, and Denver


Confirmed Processing Center Registration Locations

Boone - 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607

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