‘Smiles For Miles’ Is Surprising Kids With Doorstep Gifts: ‘We Love Seeing Kids Open The Door’

by Angela Andaloro

Kids are some of the toughest people sticking out the stay-at-home situation. Depending on their ages, kids may have some idea of what’s going on, but many are just at home, doing their best to listen to mom and dad.

It’s hard to miss out on interactions with friends and other kids at schools and activities. One group of women has found a way to do something special for the kids in their neighborhood.

Three moms and a kindergarten teacher in Billerica, Massachusetts, came up with the idea of “Smiles for Miles.” They’re running a private Facebook group that currently has over 350 members. Families with children share their addresses in the group. Then children from one family prepare a gift bag for children at one of the listed addresses.

Items like toys, coloring books, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles are included. They finish it off by adding a note with a special message in the gift bag, then they anonymously drop off the bag at the home. Then another family does the same for them.

The program was very uplifting for members of the community. It has since spread to include Tewksbury and Wilmington. “The smiles on their faces are just amazing,” Stefania Vozzella, a mom of three, told WBZ. “They love to put the gifts together and go to a random house, ring the doorbell and we love seeing the kids open the door.”

“They were so excited, it’s like Christmas all over again, just from a simple gesture,” said mom of two Breanna Surette. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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