9-year-old Pays it Forward

by t5kal

If you liked the last post’s video. You’re going to LOVE this one. Fair warning: you’re probably going to cry. (I definitely did. #noshame)

In this episode of On The Road with Steve Hartman the show takes place in Toledo, Ohio.

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You can watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=266590766850610

This little boy named Myles Eckert found a 20 dollar bill lying on the ground outside the local Cracker Barrel. He was as thrilled as any 8 year old would be. He said, “I kind of wanted a video game but then I decided not to.” Myles, being the incredible kid he is, changed his mind about the video game when he saw a solider in uniform in the Cracker Barrel. 

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This 8 year-old little boy wrote the solider this note:

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It states:

“Dear Solider-

My dad was a solider. 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.”

I’ve seen this video seven times and read that note about five. I still can’t read it without tearing up. This is a photo of Myles father, Army Sargent Aaron Eckert, who was killed in Iraq five weeks after Myles was born.

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After Myles gave away his $20 he asked his mother to take him to go see his father.

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This is Lt. Colonel Daily. On Feburary 7th he and his family went into the Cracker Barrel for lunch. This very touching moment meant so much to Lt. Col. Daily that he keeps the note from Myles on his desk everyday.

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This story is one of the most touching things I’ve ever seen. Myles’s parents and family should be so proud of the little boy they’ve raised. Paying it forward is such a great lesson to learn at a young age. It inspires young kids to do good things to make people feel good. But, it almost always inspires adults to stop and think what they can do to pay it forward as well. It is such a beautiful concept. I hope to see stories like this forever.