Kibuuka to speak on Operation Christmas Child

GLADSTONE — Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year. For 20 years, Delta County families have packed shoebox gifts for boys and girls around the world. One of these gifts reached Bonny Kibuuka in Uganda when he was a young boy. Kibuuka is now visiting Gladstone to share how the simple gift had a life-changing impact.

Kibuuka, hosted by the local project of Operation Christmas Child, will be telling his story during a special event open to the public to be held at Grace Church, 528 28th Street, Gladstone at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Also speaking will be Jenna Lupo, OCC regional manager, about her recent distribution trip to the Ukraine.

Bonny came to the United States in 2014 to attend college and now lives in Lansing. He wants to encourage residents as they kick off the upcoming collection season to fill thousands of shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items — contributing to the global goal of reaching 11 million.

For more information, contact Julie Bietila at 906-282-3346 or email

During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, Delta County residents can drop off gift-filled shoeboxes at multiple locations across the area.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit ­