Bella started this project after one of her classmates told her that his family could not afford a birthday for him. “Not all people have as much as I do. I want to share a little bit of my birthday with them,” said Bella.
Not all of us are lucky enough to afford a lavish birthday party. Also, not all of us have a heart made of gold to be able to think about other people. A nine-year-old girl is now working hard to make sure that none of her classmates have to miss out on their birthday celebrations because they can't afford it. Which is why Bella Smith, a third-grade student at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School in Kentucky, launched 'Bella's Boxes' two years ago! Good Morning America reports Bella started this project after one of her classmates told her that his family could not afford a birthday for him. “Not all people have as much as I do. I want to share a little bit of my birthday with them,” said 3rd-grader Bella Smith, according to Lex 18.
"The school she attends is a Title 1 school, which means 80% of the population here is impoverished -- so we have students that struggle with a lot of things," said Bella's mom Marla Evans, who teaches at Bella's school. Evans also added the school has a backpack club that sends home to students that need it. Bella fills her birthday boxes with cake mix, balloons, icing, sprinkles and distributes them through the school's Family Resource Center.
All the supplies that go into Bellas box are collected through donations from community members. For her own birthday, March 26, she requests birthday box donations instead of gifts. Even for her own birthday, instead of gifts, Bella requested people to send across birthday boxes instead. "I'm extremely proud of her," said Evans. "She's a very good girl with a big heart." It does take someone with a big heart to do this!
Bella has packed 65 boxes this year alone, and she shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. "I thank God for the opportunity for letting me be able to shine my light and show that I love my neighbor," Bella said. She's got a page on Facebook which has details about the project. Most people know what they can add to the box and how they can contribute because they all believe this is a good initiative.
Part of Bella’s motivation to allow all of this to be shared was a hope that other kids (and adults) would get involved in loving the people in their own neighborhoods. She is a big believer in “loving your neighbor” no matter who or where they are. She hoped it would spark others to find a project that they are interested in and jump in with ways to help out that situation. Small things can make big differences.
At the current moment, we are not taking cash donations. We will gladly accept any donations of birthday items and will work hard to find them a good home at a school, homeless shelter, food pantry, etc. If you’d like an address to mail donations to, please PM me and I will send it to you. If it isn’t feasible to send items, please use Bella’s spark to light up your own projects in your community. Knowing that others are doing similar kind things in other communities makes her just as happy as donating boxes herself.
Thanks again for ALL of the wonderful support, messages, comments, and everything. We are overwhelmed by all the kindness that Bella has been shown. We didn’t expect this kind of response, but we sure hope that it can spur some kindness all over the country (and world). People are now calling Bella the ambassador of kindness. Not everyone thinks of doing something for other people and especially not at such a young age!
Bella encourages everyone if possible to start their own programs, or donate to programs, in their communities to help others. Maria Ana Nunez said: What a loving child with an equally
loving mother. You are blessings. Elaine Grove said: Thank you for being such an ambassador of kindness. “She’s always had a heart for people and always been extremely kind and helpful toward other people,” mom Evans said.