EIGHT YEAR OLD BOY TURNS $20 INTO PRICELESS GIFT
On Friday, February 28, the CBS Evening News ended their broadcast with an emotionally charged story on 8-year-old Myles Eckert and his simple act of paying it forward. The story was quickly picked up by print and broadcast outlets around the world within mere hours. How the Eckert family has dealt with this sudden thrust into the spotlight is best summarized in these words by his mom Tiffany Eckert….
You may have seen the CBS news story about my son’s simple gift of $20 to a soldier.
I never expected Myles’ good deed to land him on national television. I was stunned that the story has gone viral and captivated the nation. Our family believes that paying it forward is important and something that we do often. This story just happened to take off.
So many people are wishing to send money & gifts to Myles. As much as we appreciate the outpouring of love from the WORLD…we would like to use this opportunity to ask everyone to get involved and help pay it forward.
I asked Myles and Marlee who they would like to ask people to Pay it Forward to?. They immediately said “Snowball Express”, and I was so happy with their answer.
Snowball Express is a non profit organization that brings gold star children together from across the country. Every one of these children are just like my son Myles and my daughter Marlee, they have lost a parent serving in the military since 9/11. The healing that occurs when these children come together is magical. What Snowball does for Marlee, Myles, & their gold star friends is life changing. We are thrilled at the opportunity to give back to an organization that means so much to us.
Seeing people give to Snowball would mean so much more to all of us than any video game ever could. Myles isn’t the only little guy out there that’s hugging a headstone. This will benefit some of the others.
I asked Snowball Express to help us set up a donation page that would direct the “Pay It Forward” donations directly to their organization.
Please use this page, Myles and Marlee Eckert’s “Pay it Forward” page to join in and support this remarkable, life changing organization, Snowball Express.
Snowball Express VIII was a huge success!! A special thank you to all of our amazing sponsors and volunteers who make Snowball Express possible! Please enjoy this highlight video which played on the final evening for all of our families! Photos and an extended video will be coming soon!
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