Magazine article The New American

Bella's Boxes

Magazine article The New American

Bella's Boxes

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Nine-year-old Bella Smith of London, Kentucky, has taken it upon herself to ensure that all of her fellow classmates at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School have a special birthday.

It all started two years ago when one of Bella's classmates told her that he would not be having a birthday party because his parents could not afford one, People.com reported.

"The school she attends is a Title I school, which means 80 percent of the population here is impoverished," said Mariana Evans, Bella's mother, who also teaches at Bella's school. "So we have students that struggle with a lot of things."

According to Channel3000, Bella wanted to buy a birthday cake for the boy, but Bella and Mariana quickly realized that buying a birthday cake for every child at the school who could not afford a birthday party could become expensive.

Instead, they conceived of the idea of handing out "birthday boxes," and soon, "Bella's Boxes" was born. …

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