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Girl Bullied For Albino Skin Gets Love Letters From 400+ Strangers.


This past January, the InspireMore team first heard about McKenzie. McKenzie is African American and has albinism; many of her peers were bullying McKenzie because of her unique appearance.

Dallas, Texas nonprofit Behind Every Door decided to brighten McKenzie’s spirits and celebrate her one-of-a-kind beauty by organizing a totally glam photoshoot and making McKenzie the star.

Behind Every Door

We shared the special photoshoot with our readers in an article; still, something told us we could do more– but we knew we needed your help.

On Valentine’s Day, we shared McKenzie’s story in Smile, InspireMore’s daily newsletter, asking our readers to write letters of encouragement to McKenzie. The next morning, we woke up to nearly 200 messages. In the weeks that followed, we were bombarded with Valentine’s cards, online messages, hand-written letters, even artwork. All in, we received over 400 letters.

Behind Every Door

These weren’t your average comments, either, these were heartfelt letters with life-changing words of affirmation for this little girl. We got to work putting them all together in a gorgeous scrapbook for McKenzie to treasure forever… In May, we finally had the chance to give it to her, and the moment was truly beautiful.

From the entire InspireMore team: thank you to everyone who wrote to McKenzie! Because of your kindness, we get to make a difference in a young girl’s life. At InspireMore, our mission is to brighten the world and spread hope… and you are a part of that.

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