One Christmas, an 8-year-old girl named Felisha on the island of Trinidad received a shoebox gift packed with a doll, stationery, colorful socks, and a teddy bear.

As a result of her shoebox gift, she began attending church with a friend. When her sister received a shoebox gift a following year, her father said, “I was amazed at the love I saw in those boxes.”

Would you join us this Christmas to share love with a child across the world? Wondering what to pack? Here are step by step instructions with ideas of items you could include (and the ones you’re asked not to include) in your box. We also have an easy gift idea sheet you can print too. If you want to follow your shoebox’s journey, print a label here. When it’s packed and ready to go here is where you can find a location to drop it off near you.

As our way of saying thank you, we want to send you and your family to 98.5 KTIS’ biggest, most joyful outdoor family festival in the Twin Cities – Joyful Noise 2019! Just fill out the form to let us know you packed a shoe box, and you’ll be entered to win a family-4 pack of tickets. We’ll also send you a follow-up email after Operation Christmas Child collection week to tell you how many children are receiving joy from hearts like yours in and around the Twin Cities. Winners must be 18 years of age or older, and please limit 1 entry per household. Here is everything you need to know.

We’d love to see you too, so if you’re close, drop your shoebox at KTIS studios during collection week from Monday, November 12 to Monday, November 19. You can also volunteer to help Operation Christmas Child during collection week. Just email Debbie Nauman at

Collection times at KTIS:

Mon, Nov 12   9 AM – 6 PM
Tue, Nov 13   9 AM – 3 PM
Wed, Nov 14   9 AM – 3 PM
Thu, Nov 15   9 AM – 6 PM
Fri, Nov 16   9 AM – 3 PM
Sat, Nov 17   9 AM – 3 PM
Sun, Nov 18  12 PM – 3 PM
Mon, Nov 19  9 AM – 6 PM


Image Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.