Myles Eckert of Toledo, Ohio has taken $20 and turned it into over a quarter of a million dollars, and he did it through an act of kindness.
“On the Road” with Steve Hartman originally broadcast the story about Myles, but yesterday, CBS “Sunday Morning” updated the report which explained how this little boy grew one $20 bill into such a vast amount of money.
It started with a trip back on Feb. 7 to a Maumee, Ohio Cracker Barrel. Myles was going to lunch with his family when he found the $20 bill in the parking lot. As he tells Steve Hartmann, "I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to.” But once inside the restaurant, Myles spotted a soldier, Lt. Col. Frank Dailey. Myles’s father had been a soldier in the Army until he was killed in Iraq just five weeks after Myles was born. So instead of keeping the money, Myles wrote a note, folded the $20 bill inside the note, and gave the money and note to Dailey. The note said:
"Dear Soldier -- my dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars 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."
That note from Myles made a huge impression on Lt. Col. Dailey. He said, “I look at it every day.” Lt. Col. Dailey continued the chain of “paying it forward.” The 27 year veteran of the Air Force, who now serves at the 180th Ohio Air National Guard unit near Toledo, told Hartmann he donated that $20 bill to a local charity with a copy of the original note.
Since Myles originally paid it forward, the story has continued to grow. He has been in The Blaze and N.Y. Daily News as well as on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” DeGeneres brought Myles, his mom and sister, and Lt. Col. Dailey on her program, and she presented a check from Shutterfly for $20,000 to Snowball Express, which is an organization that supports children who have lost a parent due to military service.
Since then, the giving continues to grow. Many people have given Myles money, but the Eckerts refuse to take any money. Instead, his mother, Tiffany, has given all the money to Snowball Express. In the past month, that original $20 has grown to over $250,000. "It's exponential," Tiffany says. "It's extraordinary. It's amazing."
To donate to Snowball Express, follow this link: Snowball Express.
To see the entire interview, follow this link to CBS News.