Myles Eckert was nine years old in February of 2014 when he found a $20 bill in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Maumee, Ohio. His first impulse was to buy a video game, but then he saw a soldier enter the restaurant.
Myles was only five weeks old when his father was killed in Iraq during his second tour of duty. As a memorial to his dad, Myles wrote the following note and gave his $20 bill to another soldier who had just entered the restaurant:
My dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It's your lucky day!
Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.
When the story aired on CBS News, people from all over the country sent Myles $20. All their gifts were redirected to the Snowball Express, a charity serving Gold Star Kids, the children of those men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
By May of 2014, Myles’ $20 amounted to $317,770!
During this Christmas Season, as we celebrate God’s gift to all mankind, may Myles Eckert’s largess encourage each of us to give to others in a spirit of love, compassion and goodwill.