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Hi. My name is Bella Grace. I’m so excited to bring you “Open When” because I believe there are a million moments to share a little happiness with someone you love.

I am 11 years old and the youngest of five siblings. Together, we suffered and overcame the loss of our Dad to suicide, changing us in many ways and creating a stronger bond. We still fight and argue but at the end of each day we are thankful to have each other. We learned that what matters most in life is the love and kindness you share with family, friends and those in need.

My oldest brother Michael starts college this fall at Virginia Tech and I want him to always know we are with him even if we’re not together. So for Christmas I made him his own Open When letters – bringing a little of us to him while he’s away. Everyone has moments when they need to feel connected so we decided Open When was the perfect way to share happiness with others. I never thought that these letters would turn into a business with my family, but it did and that makes me happy!

Open When will be donating money to helping others in need and we look forward to building a community that spreads happiness and support to all that participate. Let’s tell our loved ones how much they mean to us everyday. Who knows, maybe together we can all make a big difference!!

Love, Bella Grace XOXO

P.S. This past year I was super lucky and got a step sister after being the only girl for 10 years! I now live in a house with 4 teenage brothers, 1 step sister, 1 step brother, 1 dog, 1 cat and my Mom and Step Dad.