News Release, Hobby Lobby

This holiday season, Hobby Lobby is thrilled to partner once again with Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is the largest Christmas endeavor of its kind. It is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham, with nearly 500,000 volunteers worldwide.

This outstanding organization enables families, churches and community groups to fill shoeboxes with items like toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Each shoebox becomes a valued gift that can make a significant difference in the lives of needy, hurting, and vulnerable children around the world.

“This initiative will touch countless lives with a Christmas gift and the greatest gift of all— the good news of Jesus Christ,” said David Green, Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby.

Hobby Lobby stores will offer Operation Christmas Child branded red and green plastic shoeboxes that customers can purchase and pack. More than 10.6 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide in 2018, with more than 8.8 million collected in the U.S. In 2019, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach 11 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine.

Hobby Lobby welcomes this unique opportunity to partner with such an exceptional organization that shares our values and is familiar to many of our customers. To find out more about Operation Christmas Child and drop-off locations across the nation, visit

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...