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Paying it forward lands Toledoans on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

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Eight year old Myles Eckert of Toledo, Ohio appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” yesterday because of an act of kindness he performed back on Feb. 7.

Myles was going to lunch with his family when he found a $20 bill in the parking lot at a Cracker Barrel. Myles thought about how he would spend the money. “I wanted the Lego Movie video game,” Myles told Ellen. 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 single act of kindness by Myles has started a chain of “paying it forward” starting with Lt. Col. Dailey. The 27 year veteran of the Air Force, who now serves at the 180th Ohio Air National Guard unit near Toledo, told Ellen he donated that $20 bill to a local charity with a copy of the original note.

Since Myles paid it forward, the story continues to grow. It has been covered by Steve Hartman of CBS News, The Blaze, N.Y. Daily News and then yesterday, the Ellen show brought Myles, his mom and sister, as well as Lt. Col. Dailey on her program. DeGeneres told Myles and Dailey that “kindness does pay off.” To prove it, she gave Myles his video game and tickets to Legoland, Next she gave Dailey tickets for a vacation in Hawaii. Finally, 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.

The giving also continues to grow. WSPD radio of Toledo announced yesterday that Highland Capital Management has issued a $1 million challenge grant. The company will match any funds donated to Snowball Express between now and Memorial Day up to $1 million.

To donate to snowball express, follow this link: Snowball Express.

To read more, follow this link to WSPD Radio. To see the video clip from"The Ellen DeGeneres Show", click on the Related Video button above.

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