NORMAN — Former Romanian orphan Livia Satterfield will share how a simple shoe box gift changed her life during an Operation Christmas Child event set for 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Norman, 211 W Comanche.
Once an orphan living in Romania, Satterfield now lives in the United States and travels the country, sharing her story of how receiving a shoe box gift can impact the lives of needy children worldwide.
Satterfield's presentation is part of the Norman area kickoff of the Operation Christmas Child effort. Norman leaders said they expect an estimated 23,500 gift-filled shoe boxes will be collected in the Oklahoma City area this year.
National Collection Week is Nov. 18-25. Norman will be the first stop for thousands of shoe boxes that families, churches and groups will fill with toys, school supplies and necessity items. The shoe box gifts are hand-delivered to children around the world using whatever means necessary — boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.
For more information on how to participate, call (817) 595-2230 or go online to www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.