Number 1 New York Times Best Selling Author Visits Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX - It's not every day, a number one New York Times best selling author makes his way to Wichita Falls.

 

He was here for a hands to hands fundraiser and this trip was even more special because he took the time to sit down with Bianka and Vern Landavazo.

 

Richard Paul Evans is the author of The Christmas Box, a book that inspired Bianka and Vern Landavazo to have a statue of an angel in remembrance of the daughter they lost.

 

"I just wanted to express the feeling of a father and his love for his children," author Richard Paul Evans said. 

 

Evans said two little girls inspired him to write The Christmas Box, and 25 years later, more than 8 million copies of the book have been sold.

 

The story also inspired a movie back in 1995 that went on to win an Emmy.

 

"There's a magic to it," Evans. "The book came to me in a very inspired way. I didn't sit down and outline it, I would wake me up in the middle of the night, early in the morning. I pulled out on the side of the freeway once and started writing a whole chapter on the back of bills and envelopes, anything I'd find in the car." 

 

What started out as a Christmas gift to a few, landed into the hands of many and some of those have found comfort while coping with the loss of a child.

 

"You can lose a child through some misfortune or you can lose a child through your own choices, that's what I wanted to capture," Evans.

 

On the 6 month anniversary of their daughter's death Bianka and Vern Landavazo say meeting the author of The Christmas Box gave them hope that their daughter's spirit is guiding them in a direction to help others who are dealing with the same loss.

 

Lauren Landavazo's parents Vern & Bianka Landavazo said "We've taken life's worst shot and survived it so it kind of takes away your fear that you've had of things, rearranges your priorities, perspective changes." 

 

And the Landavazo's now plan to pay tribute to their daughter's life with an angel statue, just like the one Evans talks about in his book.

 

"Richard also said we have two choices, we can be hateful and be bitter and walk around like that or we can make a change...Tragedies...Good change can come out of it," Landavazo's said. 

 

You can help the Landavazo's build the monument in downtown Wichita Falls by donating to a gofundme page  https://www.gofundme.com/3ekhttc or first national bank account number 4031076.

 

You can also visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CBAWichitafalls/?hc_ref=SEARCH

 

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