There’s so much to do around the holiday’s its easy to forget the true meaning of the season, charity.
While people everywhere rush to decorate their homes, find the perfect gift, or plan an elaborate party, one little boy remembered what Christmas is all about.
9-year-old Mikah Frye of Ashland Ohio gave up a $300 Microsoft Xbox videogame console to purchase more than sixty blankets, which he donated to the homeless.
“He said ‘grandma it’s so cold outside, what does the homeless people do?'” his grandmother Terry Brant told Fox 8 Cleveland. “And I said, I don’t really know and he said ‘well, they’re cold’ and I said, ‘what do you want to give them, a blanket?”
Mikah knows what it feels like to lose everything. A few years ago he and his family spent several weeks in an emergency shelter after they lost their own home. “He knew what it was like to not have a blanket at night and have to give it back,” said a tearful Brant. “So the first thing he wanted to do is give a blanket that they could keep.”
“He said, ‘you can buy them a blanket,’ and I said ‘do you want to give up one Christmas gift to get a blanket to give to someone:’ And he said okay and when he got home, he later said if the XBox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets,” said Brant. The blankets were distributed to the homeless by the same shelter that once housed Mikah and his family.
Mikah’s act of charity quickly went viral. Microsoft soon learned about the story and reached out to Mikah’s family. “When they called and told me I was just instantly crying on the phone and I couldn’t believe it,” said Brant to Fox News. “What’s harder was not telling him.”
Mikah went on a surprise trip to Beachwood Place where he found Santa waiting at the back of the store. The thoughtful little boy began to cry as he was presented with a huge bag of gifts, which included a brand new Xbox.
“It’s just amazing, it’s a blessing, Mikah is a blessing to our family and we thank you very much,” said Brant.
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