Volunteer to serve at an
Operation Christmas Child
Processing Center.

Operation Christmas Child

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COVID-19 update: Please self-monitor your health and ensure that you have been free from signs of illness, and not exposed to any known cases of COVID-19 for 14 days prior to your volunteer shift. Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Please take your temperature before leaving home and ensure that it is below 100. When you arrive at the Processing Center, we will take your temperature again. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or above (or anyone who traveled to the Processing Center with someone running a temperature of 100 or above) will be unable to serve. To care well for all who are serving, everyone will be required to wear a face covering while inside the Processing Center. Physician’s notes will not be accepted.

Volunteering at a Processing Center

Millions of shoeboxes are collected each year. 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 eight 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.)

If you have any questions regarding Processing Center volunteer opportunities, do not hesitate to contact us at occinfo@samaritan.org.


 Processing Center Locations

Atlanta - 4005 Newpoint Place, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA  30043

Baltimore/Hampden - 1650 Union Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21211

Boone - 801 Bamboo Rd., Boone, NC 28607

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

Chicagoland - 2800 Lively Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Dallas  - 1201 Creekview Drive, Coppell, TX 75019

Denver - 8648 South Peoria St., Englewood, CO 80112

Southern California - 4200 Bonita Pl., Fullerton, CA 92835

Additional Processing Center address information will be released when available