Every kid spends all year looking forward to his or her birthday. But sadly, some come from families who don’t have the money to celebrate.
One little girl was heartbroken to hear her classmate couldn’t afford a birthday party. So she decided to do something about it.
Bella Smith is a third-grade student at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School in Kentucky. “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,” her mom Marlana Evans said. She’s a teacher there.
The 9-year-old believes everyone deserves a fun birthday celebration, so she started a charitable program called “Bella’s Birthday Boxes.” She got the idea from another program at her school which provides supplies to kids who need them.
But instead of pencils and notebooks, Bella packs her boxes with cake mix, icing, sprinkles, and other party supplies donated by people in her community. She gives the completed boxes to the school’s Family Resource Center to be distributed among students in need.
The little philanthropist has been doing this for two years now, and when her own birthday rolls around on March 26, she asks for more birthday box donations instead of gifts. She’s filled 65 boxes so far this year, and her mom couldn’t be more proud. “She’s a very good girl with a big heart,” Marlana said.
But Bella just considers herself lucky to be able to help others. “I thank God for the opportunity for letting me be able to shine my light and show that I love my neighbor,” she said.
Isn’t she the sweetest? Bella truly possesses the wisdom and compassion of someone far beyond her years. Just imagine how much more of a positive impact she’ll make as she grows up.
Learn more about the girl with a heart of gold in the video below, and share to spread her mission to other schools.
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