From Oklahoma with Love

November 18, 2021 • Worldwide

An Oklahoma woman holds an annual shoebox packing party on her ranch to prepare hundreds of Operation Christmas Child gifts for children around the world.

Doris Row started packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes on her ranch in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, in 1995 after her 13-year-old son died at Christmastime the year before. She was determined not to live in grief, but to do something good to help overcome it. She chose to begin packing shoebox gifts for children in need around the world so they could hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Today, thousands of shoeboxes are prayerfully packed at Doris’ annual shoebox packing party on her ranch. Through each box, Doris says, she’s “telling that child ‘I love you and I care about you.’”

WATCH Doris’ story in the video above.

National Collection Week (Nov. 15-22) is happening right now! If you haven’t already packed a shoebox, it’s not too late. Pack a shoebox for a boy or girl in need and bring it to one of over 4,000 drop-off locations across the U.S. through Monday, Nov. 22.

Doris Row with family on her ranch.

Doris Row with family on her ranch.

Operation Christmas Child Through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls in more than 100 countries each year. Many of these children have never before received a present or heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open a gift-filled shoebox from a person like you. Some people are not able to give the $10 per shoebox we request for shipping and related costs. By adopting a shoebox, you can partner with them to deliver the Gospel and help "bring salvation to the ends of the earth" (Acts 13:47, ESV).

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Adopt a Shoebox: $10 | Adopt a Carton of 15 Boxes: $150