Friendly Competition in Oklahoma Multiplies the Impact of Operation Christmas Child Around the World

November 1, 2019 • United States
A little competition in Oklahoma is good for Operation Christmas Child.

Find out why Ava and Sam love to pack shoeboxes!

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Oklahoma youngsters Ava and Sam hold a friendly competition each year to see who can pack the most Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes. But, win or lose, their real goal is the same—to see kids all over the world come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Ava and Sam love to pack shoeboxes. The two Oklahoma children started a friendly competition a few years ago to see who could pack the most Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes. Usually Ava wins. But last year they tied. They each packed 126 boxes. This year, they each plan to prepare 150 to 200 shoeboxes for children in need overseas.

Ava and Sam pack shoeboxes from Oklahoma for kids in need around the world.

Ava, who lives in Ada, creates unique dolls with floral wire and flowers and sells them to raise money to buy toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to fill her shoeboxes. Three hours away in Stilwell, Sam makes rock necklaces to finance his boxes.

“I think it’s important to put quality items in a shoebox,” Ava said. Sam agrees. To that end, they each shop year round to find cool stuff on sale that will wow the recipients.

Ava loves to include sewing kits in her girl shoeboxes, while Sam makes sure to pack a T-shirt and a pair of socks in each of his. “The thing that [the kids] like the most is something they can put on immediately,” Sam said.

Ava and Sam are serious about their friendly rivalry, and they each really want to win. But, win or lose, their real goal is the same—to introduce kids all over the world to Jesus Christ and see them accept Him as their Lord and Savior. And that’s a win for everybody.

You can bless children around the world by prayerfully packing shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. National Collection Week is coming up, Nov. 18-25!

Learn how to pack a shoebox today!

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Through our Operation Christmas Child project, God has given us unparalleled opportunities to touch the lives of millions of boys and girls in over 150 countries. Many of these children have never received a gift and never heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open shoeboxes filled with gifts from people like you. Some of these gifts are packed by young children or people on fixed incomes who simply cannot afford to include the $7 we request for international shipping and related costs. When you adopt a shoebox, you are partnering with them to deliver their gifts and show God’s love to a precious child.
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. A requested donation of $9 per shoebox provides for collection, processing, and shipping, as well as Gospel materials for the child. If you or your church/group are packing multiple shoebox gifts, please consider making your combined donation here. Or, give to cover the cost for those unable to include $9 with their packed shoebox.

Note: If you would like to discover the destination of your shoebox(es), please give instead through our Follow Your Box page.


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Send a Shoebox: $9 | Send a Carton of 15 Boxes: $135
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