2nd-Grader’s Lost Birthday Balloons Land In The Perfect Hands 500 Miles Away.

Todd Huyler sends letter and gifts to Kason Johnson

It’s not every day that you lose something trivial and gain something amazing!


Kason Johnson turned 8 years old on October 16th. That day, a big bunch of helium balloons was delivered to his second-grade classroom at Mountain Grove Elementary in Missouri. It was an exciting day, but on the way out to his mom’s car, tragedy struck. Kason lost his grip on the balloons, and they soared away… never to be seen again.

Or, perhaps not.

Five hundred miles away, Todd Huyler was mowing his lawn in Cleveland, Tennessee. He uses his lawn-mowing time to meditate on the week, and he was praying God would put someone in his path to “bless” when he spotted Kason’s balloons caught on his fence. He opened the envelope attached to the strings and saw that the balloons had been sent to Kason’s middle school.

Most people would have tossed the balloons into the garbage, but not Todd! Instead, the woodworker started gathering a few gifts to send to the birthday boy. He wrote Kason’s parents a letter and included a photo of himself and his dog, Henry.

Todd also included a handmade wooden baseball bat, a gift for Kason’s teacher, and $100 in cash for the child!

Todd mailed off his care package to the middle school, where staff passed it to Kason and his family.

In his letter, Todd told Kason and his parents the balloons were “truly a message in a bottle.”

“The simple gesture of a family showing love and appreciation to their 2nd grader with a gift of surprise humbly impacted me beyond belief,” he continued. “How amazingly fortunate Kason is to have a family that will make the effort to show unselfish love.”

Can you believe how generous this stranger was? What a thoughtful and kind thing to do for a little boy who lost his birthday balloons. We are sure Kason will always remember this birthday!

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