3 Easy Steps!

Registration for this year’s Challenge is closed.

11/25/2015 – 12/15/2015


We are thankful you have visited us and are interested in the Shoebox Challenge. Together, we are changing lives.

Happening Now

Registration closed October 16 for the 2015 Shoebox Challenge. If you registered before that deadline, you will receive an email with a link to Confirm your shoebox count November 25 – December 15, 2015.

During that time, you can also go to Step 3: Confirm and use your entry code that was used for registration. We cannot make exceptions for late registrations or confirmations.

Pack Shoebox gifts and earn tickets!

What is the Shoebox Challenge?

It began at Herschend Family Entertainment in 2011 and has resulted in over 1 million shoeboxes collected through churches for needy children around the world. Our theme parks and attractions offer complimentary tickets to churches to encourage them to pack the shoeboxes. The more shoeboxes packed, the more tickets a church can earn. In 2014, we began inviting others in the entertainment industry to join in using their influence to help grow the cause of Operation Christmas Child.

3 Easy Steps to Participate

  1. Request a code for the church.
  2. Register by October 20 in order to challenge the church to pack as many shoeboxes as possible prior to Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week the third week of November.
  3. Confirm how many shoeboxes were packed and dropped off.

If they meet the minimum Challenge requirements, the church earns complimentary tickets to family-friendly and award-winning attractions to be used the following year. It’s that simple!

Using Earned Tickets

Church volunteers tell us they use the tickets earned to send youth who cannot afford to join planned outings with the church, military or local hero families, terminally ill families, and even their pastor’s family as a gift of appreciation. We do not specify how the tickets should be used but promise to offer a day full of joy when the recipients arrive no matter who they are. We are in the FUN business!

More about Operation Christmas Child

We hope this video will encourage you as you see the impact made around the world through Operation Christmas Child. The shoeboxes you lovingly pack are reaching more than just the children who receive them. They affect their parents and even the local church community as a whole. Each shoebox matters.

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