Merced's Seventh Day Adventist Church will host Luba Travis, a 17-year-old from Moldova, for a speech about Operation Christmas Child, a charity effort that sends boxes of toys and gifts to children around the world.
Travis received a shoebox filled with gifts at the age of 5, while living in an orphanage.
"As I opened it I wept like I never had wept before," she was quoted as saying in a press release.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2222 East Olive Ave., Merced. For information, call (209) 383-7053.