Irish woman gets message from Armenian who received her charity shoebox 16 years ago

16 years ago, Claire sent a shoe box with a letter and some other items to children in Armenia, and had hoped to get a letter in response.

She did eventually get word back from the person who received her donation, but it wasn’t until just this week that she heard from them, according to

Arsen Khachatryan, the boy who got the box, managed to track her down and sent her a text message saying that he still remembers getting the clothing and gifts that she sent and that he “always wanted to express my gratitude for that gift-box”. For her part, Claire was completely taken aback, but shared her story with the Galway Advertiser, who posted screengrabs of the messages up on their Facebook.

“When I was 8 years old I wrote this note and put it inside a shoebox filled with crayons, gloves, a toothbrush and loads of other bits and it got sent off to children in disadvantaged countries.

“This morning, 16 years later, I got a message from a man in Armenia to say he’s been searching for me for years to thank me for his gift box. He took a picture of the note and sent it with his message. This is amazing.”