Think back to when you were a kid: what was the one Christmas present you wanted the most? I'm not talking about "oh yeah it'd be cool if I got one of those" kind of want, I'm talking about "Christmas is RUINED if that fat jerk in the red suit doesn't leave this for me under the tree!" kind of want.
Maybe it was a doll that you'd been eyeing in the window of a store for months? Or maybe it was a set of sports equipment for your budding career as an All-Star? Whatever it was, chances are you wanted it more than anything in the world, and the moment it showed up under your tree made you happy on a level you've never been able to replicate in your adult life.
However, if you could give that present up so that somebody else could get what they wanted on Christmas, would you? It's a pretty tough question for even some adults to answer (and let's get real, some people are going to say "of course I would" but would never actually do it), and even harder to present to a kid.
However, 9-year-old Mikah Frye of Ashland, Ohio put almost all of us to shame when he decided to give up his Christmas wish of a brand new Xbox One so he could help out the homeless people of his town...
Mikah was walking with his grandmother through the town when they noticed several homeless people walking around.
His grandmother, Terry Brant, recalled the conversation: "He said, 'Grandma it's so cold outside, what does the homeless people do?' 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?"
It turns out that's exactly what Mikah wanted to give them, and he was willing to give something pretty big up to do it. When his grandmother asked if he wanted to give up one of his gifts to buy someone a blanket, Mikah said "If the XBox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets.”
Mikah knows a thing or two about hardship even at his young age. His parents hit some financial problems a few years ago and ended up losing their home. They all ended up staying in an emergency shelter until they could get back on their feet, and it's this same shelter program that Mikah was able to buy 60 blankets for.
When asked how he feels about his decision, Mikah said, "Feels really good, a lot of people said 'you did good' and it just feels really good.” Not only that, but each blanket includes a note from Mikah, ending in “They gave me a blanket, but I had to leave it. That's why I want you to have your own blanket. Today, I live in my own house, and someday you will too. Your friend Mikah."
What do you think of this young boy's good deed?