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Connecting with other volunteers who have the same desires and interests is exciting and invigorating! How often we might feel we are alone in this journey. If you have a love for Operation Christmas Child, DID YOU KNOW that there are “Area Teams” of volunteers all over the country? I have them listed here! You can find your group!! and connect with your Operation Christmas Child Area Team Facebook Group!
These Area Teams may have special speakers available, hold fun events during the year (perhaps Project Leader workshops), have ideas and materials to share, and many might even hold packing parties. You are not alone – connect with them!
Do you know YOUR Area Team?
There are 3 ways to find them! You could contact YOUR REGIONAL OFFICE (the country has been sectioned up into “Regions” such as NorthWest, SouthEast, etc.). You can contact YOUR regional office to ask them for the contact information for your local team.
Many teams have GROUPS on Facebook – if you have a “facebook” account, you can join their group and find out all the latest news and events that are going on in your area! It is alot of work to keep up the group. Since I originally compiled this list a few years ago, many have found the task too difficult and have gone inactive. If it has – maybe join it and help revive it if you can. If it is totally inactive, you can be the one to start anew! Contact your Regional Office for help. (Operation Christmas Child prefers its members to use “groups” rather than “pages”.)
Join the Operation Christmas Child Project Leaders Group and ask if anyone is in your area. This is a VERY active group and love to help others!
Find your group and connect with your Operation Christmas Child Area Team Facebook Group
Serving: New York – Connecticut – Maine – New Hampshire – Rhode Island – Vermont – Massachusetts
Contact: 518-437-0690 Email: email@example.com
OCC MAINE-WEST (not very active)
OCC MA SOUTHEAST (not very active)
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD RHODE ISLAND
OCC CT NORTHWEST (not very active)
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD EAST CONNECTICUT
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD TRUMBULL CT
OCC NY GREATER CAPITAL DISTRICT (not active)
OCC FINGER LAKES WEST NY
OCC NY SUFFOLK AREA
OCC NORTHERN ADIRONDACK
OCC NY NORTH CENTRAL
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Serving: Maryland – Delaware – New Jersey – Pennsylvania – Virginia – Washington D.C.
Contact: 410-772-7360 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND (brand new)
OCC SO MARYLAND (not active)
OCC NW MARYLAND AREA TEAM (not very active)
CENTRAL MARYLAND OCC TEAM GROUP (inactive)
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD OF NORTHERN DELAWARE/MARYLAND (inactive)
OCC CENTRAL DELMAR (not very active)
OCC NORTHWESTERN NJ (not very active)
OCC SOUTHEASTERN PA
OCC GREATER PHILADELPHIA
OCC NORTHWESTERN PA
OCC FAYETTE PA AREA TEAM
OCC LANCASTER PA
OCC SUSQUENHANNA VALLEY PA
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD EASTERN SHORE VA (not very active)
OCC WESTERN VIRGINIA (not very active)
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Great Lakes Region:
Serving: Ohio – Indiana – Michigan – West Virginia
Contact: 937-374-0761 Email: email@example.com
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SOUTHERN INDIANA (inactive)
OCC WEST CENTRAL MICHIGAN
OCC SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN
OCC SOUTHEAST OHIO
Upper Midwest Region:
Serving: Minnesota – Iowa – N. Dakota – S. Dakota – Wisconsin – Greater Chicago & Northern IL
Contact: 612-359-7025 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OCC GREEN BAY WI
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD WESTERN WISCONSIN (inactive)
OCC CENTRAL MINNESOTA
NORTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA OCC TEAM
OCC NORTH SUBURBAN CHICAGO ILLINOIS
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Serving: Tennessee – Arkansas – Kentucky
Contact: 615-962-7145 Email: email@example.com
GREATER MEMPHIS OCC (inactive)
OCC CUMBERLAND PATHWAY TENNESSEE
OCC HEART OF KENTUCKY
OCC LOUISVILLE, KY
OCC NORTHEAST ARKANSAS (not very active)
OCC NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS
OCC SOUTH ARKANSAS AREA TEAM
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Serving: Georgia – Alabama – Mississippi
Contact: 770-777-9342 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OCC CHATTAHOOCHEE VALLEY GA
OCC CENTRAL GEORGIA
OCC SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA (inactive)
SHOEBOX MINISTRY @ BIRMINGHAM SOUTH AREA
OCC NORTHERN PINE BELT MISSISSIPPI
CENTRAL MS OCC
WEST CENTRAL MS OCC
OCC OXFORD MS
Serving: North Carolina – South Carolina
Contact: 704-583-1463 Email: email@example.com
OCC PIEDMONT SC (not very active)
OCC UPSTATE SC
OCC CHARLOTTE (inactive)
OCC LOWER EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (inactive)
OCC WESTERN PIEDMONT (not very active)
OCC BLUE RIDGE (NC)
OCC FOOTHILLS NC
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Texas – Louisiana Region:
Serving: Texas – Louisiana
Contact: 817-595-2230 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OCC NE TEXAS (inactive)
OCC SABINE RIVER TEXAS (not very active)
Lower Midwest Region:
Serving: Kansas – Illinois – Missouri – Nebraska – Oklahoma
Contact: 816-622-8316 Email: email@example.com
OCC KANSAS CITY KS SOUTH
OCC SAINT LOUIS
OCC CENTRAL ILLINOIS
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SOUTH CENTRAL MISSOURI TEAM
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NW OKC AREA TEAM (NW 1/4 of OKLAHOMA)
Florida-Puerto Rico Region:
Serving: Florida – Puerto Rico
Contact: 407-273-6112 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OCC SUWANNEE VALLEY
OCC TALLAHASSEE/BIG BEND
OCC FLORIDA SOUTH CENTRAL AREA (not very active)
OCC NORTHEAST FLORIDA
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD POLK COUNTY (not very active)
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SE FL TEAM
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD FL TEAM (inactive)
West Coast Region:
Serving: California – Hawaii – Nevada
Contact: 714-432-7030 Email: email@example.com
OCC MAUI AREA TEAM
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NORTHERN NEVADA (inactive)
OCC ORANGE COUNTY CA
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD FRESNO AREA
OCC CHANNEL ISLANDS COASTAL TEAM CA
OCC CENTRAL DELMAR (not very active)
OCC CARSON VALLEY AREA (inactive)
OCC GREATER LONG BEACH/CATALINA CA
OCC CENTRAL COAST CA
OCC SOUTHWEST RIVERSIDE COUNTY (inactive)
OCC GREATER LOS ANGELES
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SAN DIEGO AREA
OCC SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
Serving: Colorado – Arizona – New Mexico – Utah – Wyoming
Contact: 303-745-9179 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OCC NORTHERN ARIZONA
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD WEST PHOENIX
OCC SCOTTSDALE AREA
OCC CENTRAL NM (inactive)
OCC SE COLORADO
OCC NORTHERN UTAH
Serving: Washington – Idaho – Montana – Oregon – Alaska
Contact: 253-572-1155 Email: email@example.com
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD TWIN FALLS IDAHO
OCC SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA (Yes for some reason there are 2 – this one and the next one)
OCC SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA
INTERIOR AND NORTHERN ALASKA OCC (fairly inactive)
OCC SOUTHERN OREGON
OCC PORTLAND AND NW OREGON
OCC TRI-CITIES WA
OCC SPOKANE TEAM
AROUND THE WORLD!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – VICTORIA
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – BLACK COUNTRY TEAM
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD N. IRELAND
You might find that your Operation Christmas Child Area Team Facebook Group has slowed down or stopped their postings – that just means they need eager people like YOU to restart it! If you are in that area – message them or YOUR Regional Office to let them know!
There are also 3 very active GENERAL Operation Christmas Child Facebook Groups you might enjoy – But make sure to follow MY Facebook Page at JOYwithPurpose!
My Facebook Group at JOY with Purpose – Shopping and Crafts to Donate
Official Operation Christmas Child Project Leaders Group
Shoe Boxes Through The Year
Generous people like you love to give locally as well as Operation Christmas Child. You can check out all the charities I’ve listed at JOYwithPurpose.
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I hope you were able to find your group, and connect with your Operation Christmas Child Area Team Facebook Group. Remember if you know of a page or group that isn’t listed – let me know and I will add it! AND if there isn’t one – consider starting one!
OCC Lake of the Ozarks area team (in Missouri) has a Facebook page!
I’m sorry Angie, but I searched on Facebook and was unable to find your group. Perhaps it is named slightly differently? Can you provide a link?
OCC Northern Pine Belt Area in Mississippi
I’ve added it Lane, thank you!
Sabine River Area in Texas has a group. We are for the counties of Upshur, Gregg, Harrison and Panola counties.
Just added! Thank you Kara!
I’m loving your website!
Please add our OCC group to your list here.
OCC Susquehanna Valley PA
I’ll definitely add it Angela! And THANK YOU!
Hi! I just found your posting about local/area OCC groups. I clicked on the Central Indiana OCC Facebook page, but apparently this group has dissolved as I can find no record of anyone joining since 2011. Do you know if there is another Central Indiana OCC group, or, an Indianapolis, IN OCC group?
Thanks for any info you can give me.
Oh, I’m sorry. It’s a private group and I can’t see any posts or members. I’m not sure just where you are located, but I found a Southern Indiana Group (and I will update my post above – check out the new link in the post). I found another one in Muncie, but it looks like they aren’t current either.
You could contact your OCC Regional Office and they could perhaps steer you in the right direction:
Great Lakes Regional Office
Serving: Ohio – Indiana – Michigan – West Virginia
1180 Wesley Ave., Suite 200 Xenia, OH 45385
Phone: 937-374-0761 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m unsure what County: Durham, Chatham, Orange, Person Countries are in “Joy with Purpose”.
Can you let me know? I love your site! So many great ideas!!
Hi Kathee! I don’t know how individual teams are divided up in your area (every area team around the country is comprised of differing amounts of counties – yours could be 1 county, or up to 7).
You could contact your Regional Office to find your team:
Carolinas Region: Serving North Carolina – South Carolina
704-583-1463 or Email: email@example.com
There are a few group pages from NC. You could also join each FB group and ask them.
I am an Area Coordinator and would love to have our team listed:
Region: SE Region
Area Team Name: AL/GA Wiiregrass
Could you add our area?
Team : AL/GA Wiregrass
Hi, we’ve added a new area team here in MS! It’s West Central MS Thanks!
I just added it! Thank you!!
I just found another page! OCC Oxford MS Thanks!!
Thank you! I added it 🙂