A 9-year-old Beachwood, Ohio, boy gave up his Xbox — one of the most coveted Christmas gifts on the planet — so he could buy blankets for the homeless.
Why did he do this?
Mikah Frye got the idea after seeing homeless people in his town with nothing to keep them warm, family members told WJW-TV. That’s when Mikah told his family he wanted to take back the $300 gift so he could help them.
His action touched the hearts of his family and his community. Microsoft also noticed, and repaid Mikah’s compassion by planning a surprise visit with Santa at Beachwood Place, an upscale shopping mall.
“When they called and told me I was just instantly crying on the phone and I couldn’t believe it,” Mikah’s grandmother, Terry Brant, told the TV station. “What’s harder was not telling him.”
When Mikah arrived at the mall, employees led him to an area where Santa was waiting with two big bags of gifts. Among them was an Xbox.
Mikah cried when he saw it.
What was the family’s reaction?
His family members also cried as they expressed thanks for the gifts and talked about their own difficult times. A few years ago, financial difficulties caused the family to lose their home, WJW reported. A local emergency shelter took them in until they found another place to live.
“He knew what it was like to not have a blanket at night and have to give it back,” Brant said. “So the first thing he wanted to do is give a blanket that they could keep.”
Mikah donated 60 blankets to the same shelter where his family stayed.
“Not only will they have a nice warm blanket that they get to keep, everybody will get a blanket, but they’re wrapped in Christ’s love as well as Mikah’s love,” Cathy Thiemens, the executive director of the Ashland Church Community Emergency Shelter Services told the TV station earlier this month when the shelter received the gifts.
Each of the donated blankets came with a special note from Mikah.