Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

A Decade After Sending A Shoebox Full Of Gifts, He Received A Life-Altering Facebook Message.

A Mysterious Message On Facebook

When humans help out other people, the biggest reward is the feeling we get from committing the good deed. When 7-year-old Tyrel Wolfe decided to send a package to a child in need, he had no idea that he would change his own life with the seeds he was planting.

A Mysterious Message On Facebook

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When Tyrel was 18-years-old, he received a strange message on Facebook. The message was a friend request from a young woman in the Philippines, named Joana Marchan. He realized that this wasn't the first time he got a message from Joana. The first time was two years earlier, but he just ignored her. This time he was a bit more curious.

Obviously A Stranger

Obviously A Stranger

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Tyrel decided to take a look at the woman's profile, and just as he thought, they had no common friends. Not only had he never been to the Philippines, but it appeared that the woman had never been to the U.S., either. Especially not to his small town of Midvale, Idaho. Why was she trying to get a hold of him? Tyrel decided to message her back.

Blast From The Past

Blast From The Past

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Tyrel asked the woman how she knew him. She replied with something completely surprising. “Do you know about Samaritan’s Purse? Are you familiar with that?” she asked. Instantly, memories from a past long-forgotten began to arise in Tyrel's mind. Unfortunately, Tyrel still had no idea what the woman could possibly want.

A Decade Later

A Decade Later

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Tyrel was only 7-years-old when he participated in a program created by the non-profit organization Samaritan's Purse, called Operation Christmas Child. Tyrel filled a shoebox with goodies such as toiletries, toys, and school supplies. The box was then sent to a child in need somewhere else in the world. It took eleven years, but he was finally hearing back about the box he sent.

Was She Telling The Truth?

Was She Telling The Truth?

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“I think I got your shoebox,” Joana told Tyrel. Tyrel couldn't believe that after all of those years, the girl who received his shoebox was reaching out to him. His parents seemed to be a bit more skeptical, though. He wanted to make sure she was telling the truth, so he asked her what was in the box. She couldn't remember most things, but she did remember one thing.

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