When Myles Eckert stumbled across $20 in the parking lot, he initially thought about the video games he could buy. Twenty dollars is a fortune in the eyes of an 8-year-old, after all.
But, when Myles walked inside the Cracker Barrel and noticed the man in the uniform, he changed his mind. What he did next brought me to tears, and has inspired millions around the country.
Myles walked up to Lt. Colonel Frank Dailey and handed him the $20 wrapped in this note.
My dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this $20 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
After this remarkable story was told nationwide, people started sending Myles $20. But instead of taking any money, the Eckerts directed those donations to various charities that help kids who have lost a parent to war. To date, donations total more than $2,000,000.
My takeaway: A simple action done with a lot of heart can go a very long way.
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