Friday 18 August 2017

Irish woman receives 'thank you' note from Armenian man she sent gift-filled shoebox to 16 years ago

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A small act of kindness carried out by an Irish girl 16 years ago did not go unnoticed - after the grateful recipient tracked her down.

Claire Fahy (24) sent a shoebox of gifts to a child in Armenia back in 1999. With it she sent a note asking the new owner to send back a photo.

However, the eight-year-old Galway girl soon forgot her request - until this week when it was finally answered.

Arsen Khachatryan finally tracked Claire down on Facebook, sending her a photo of her original note and a message saying he had "always wanted to express my gratitude for that gift-box".

The letter from Arsen, an Armenian man Claire Fahy sent a gift-filled shoebox to as a child
The letter from Arsen, an Armenian man Claire Fahy sent a gift-filled shoebox to as a child

Claire later took to her Facebook page to express her amazement.

“When I was eight 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.

The letter from Arsen, an Armenian man Claire Fahy sent a gift-filled shoebox to as a child
The letter from Arsen, an Armenian man Claire Fahy sent a gift-filled shoebox to as a child

“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,” she wrote.

In his message, Arsen said he had kept the letter for 15 years and was determined to continue his search for “that generous woman”.

The letter from Arsen, an Armenian man Claire Fahy sent a gift-filled shoebox to as a child
The letter from Arsen, an Armenian man Claire Fahy sent a gift-filled shoebox to as a child

Commenting on Facebook after finding Claire, Arsen said: “There is nothing impossible” adding “I am glad to have found Claire Fahy”.

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