It's a sad fact of life that not all children have it equal. In fact, for many kids, growing up is nothing but a struggle. What makes this even sadder is that some kids don't even get the privilege of enjoying their birthday.
But one heartwarming story of a little girl who decided to take a stand has broken the internet this week.
Bella Smith, a 9-year-girl from Kentucky, has launched "Bella's boxes." They're designed with underprivileged kids in mind and are Bella's way of making sure no child she knows has to go without a birthday. Bella attends the Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School in Kentucky, where the majority of the students sadly do not come from privileged backgrounds.
Bella started the initiative after she discovered that several of her schoolmates had had to pass up birthday gifts, and it broke her heart. "Not all people have as much as I do. I want to share a little bit of my birthday with them," the little girl said to Lex 18.
"The school she attends is a Title 1 school, which means eighty percent of the population here is impoverished, so we have students that struggle with a lot of things," Marlana Evans, Bella's mother and a teacher at Wyan-Pine Grove, told Good Morning America. "I'm extremely proud of her. She's a very good girl with a big heart."
Bella creates her boxes out of cake mix, balloons, icing, and sprinkles, ensuring each kid gets to have a party and a cake. She seeks community donations to help put her boxes together and distributes them to students who might need them through the school's Family Resource Center.
Bella's own birthday is on May 26th, and instead of getting gifts herself, she asks for people to make donations to Bella's Boxes. As of 2020, she'd delivered over 300 of these boxes of joy. "I thank God for the opportunity for letting me be able to shine my light and show that I love my neighbor," Bella said.
Since Bella's Boxes started gaining publicity, the operation began to grow more and more. Pillsbury reached out to Bella to ask if they could provide cake mix and decorations for the project. "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. 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's mom wrote on Facebook.
People are absolutely loving Bella's selfless attitude - and so are we. As one Facebook user put it, "This is a great way to send supplies to you and Bella for this amazingly creative ministry. What a special little girl you have, and I wish you all nothing but success and love."