One young girl from Kentucky is going above and beyond to make sure that every child gets to enjoy their birthday. Bella Smith is a third-grade student at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School in Kentucky and knows just how exciting it can be to celebrate a birthday. But when the youngster heard that some of her classmates weren't able to celebrate in the traditional way, without a party or even a cake and balloons, she decided to do something about it.
Bella launched "Bella's Boxes" after hearing that some of her classmates were unable to celebrate their birthdays because their families simply couldn't afford it. Bella fills her boxes with all the things a child needs to celebrate their birthday, including cake mix and icing, sprinkles and balloons. The school's Family Resource Center then distributes Bella's Boxes to those in need.
"The school she attends is a Title 1 school, which means 80 percent of the population here is impoverished -- so we have students that struggle with a lot of things," Bella's mother, Marlana Evans, a teacher at the school, told Good Morning America.
So how does one 9-year-old manage to fill these boxes for her fellow school mates? Bella receives donations from her community to help fill her boxes with all the supplies needed, and she even asked for donations in lieu of gifts for her own birthday on March 26th.
This is definitely one thoughtful and caring young lady, and her mother couldn't be more proud. "I'm extremely proud of her," Evans told Good Morning America. "She's a very good girl with a big heart." So far Bella has made 65 birthday boxes and she shows no signs of slowing down.
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This 9-year-old girl makes 'birthday boxes' for her classmates to ensure that none of them miss a birthday celebration because they can't afford it. https://abcn.ws/2KDTXSoPosted by ABC News on Monday, April 15, 2019
Bella's mother has set up a Facebook page titled Bella's Birthday Boxes and recently posted that they have been contacted by Pillsbury who are looking to donate cake mixes and icing for the boxes. The video above has been viewed over 7 million times now that Bella's story has gone viral, and her mother says they have been inundated with calls and offers to help. They have created an Amazon wishlist for those who want to donate items to Bella's Boxes, stating they aren't picky but that the boxes used to hold the items donated must be small enough to fit into a backpack.
Thanks to the news coverage of Bella's Boxes, Evans writes that they are looking to expand their outreach. "We are currently in talks with a couple of groups who are going to attempt to help us bump up donations and pack lots more boxes, "Bella's mother wrote on the Facebook page. "Our hope is to expand out to several more schools, and possibly the local nursing home (if the logistics will work out for that)."
Bella seems like she would be excited to help as many people as possible. "I thank God for the opportunity for letting me be able to shine my light and show that I love my neighbor," Bella told Good Morning America.