Once again, we are reminded that good things come to those who “pay it forward.”
While contemplating the gifts he would like to receive for Christmas this year, 9-year-old Mikah Frye was struck with a realization: the $300 that would be spent on purchasing an Xbox for him could be used in a much better way, such as buying blankets for the homeless.
Because Mikah’s family fell on hard times three years ago and, as a result, lived in a homeless shelter for weeks, he knows what poverty is like. Every day, the young boy would receive a blanket. And every day, that blanket was given back to the shelter.
Furthermore, winter conditions in Ohio are uncomfortably frigid. These factors made the decision a no-brainer. Mikah traded in his wish list for approximately 30 blankets ($10 a piece) then, with some help, handed them out to people living on the streets. He also included a note in each blanket.
Said his grandmother, Terry Brant: “He knew what it was like to not have a blanket at night and have to give it back. So the first thing he wanted to do is give a blanket that they could keep.”
News of the young boy’s good deed quickly spread. Even the manufacturer of Xbox, Microsoft, found out. Executives were so thrilled by Mikah’s generosity, that they decided to reward him.
“When they called and told me, I was just instantly crying on the phone, and I couldn’t believe it,” said Terry. “What’s harder was not telling him.”
On a very special day, Mikah was led to the back of a store where Santa had bags full of gifts — including the prized Xbox. Mikah, of course, was elated to receive the gift and likely felt proud of himself for putting others first.
“It’s just amazing — it’s a blessing. Mikah is a blessing to our family, and we thank you very much,” Terry said.
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Source: Little Things