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Soldier recieves random act of kindness from young boy
"Dear soldier, my dad was a soldier, he is 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. I thank you for your service
"Myles Eckert a Gold Star kid."
Those were the words that started it all.
"It was the right thing to do. It would be selfish if I didn't. My mom always told me 'kindness always wins.'
"And she's right, isn't she?"
As you've probably heard last month Myles found a $20 bill on the way into this Cracker Barrel in Maumee. Instead of using it for a game or a toy, he hand delivered it with the note to lt. Col. Frank Dailey of the 180th fighter wing.
"I am truly honored to be part in the story, because the story's actually Myles' and his act of kindness, I am just happened to have been the recipient."
"He was so focused on being the one to write this note, he had to give it to that soldier. It was him, it had to be him that day. I mean everything about it is a fate thing. Everything about it is a God thing. It all happened the way it was supposed to."
Tiffany Eckert lost her husband and her children lost their father in May 2005 just weeks after Myles was born.
"Get better, not bitter, kindness always wins and paying it forward. Those are the three major truths I've tried to instill in my children and this is the big payoff for me."
Lt. Col. Dailey donated the original $20 to Cedar Creek Church.
"It doesn't get old telling stories about paying it forward and caring for each other in our community."
And the story inspired others...Offers poured in from all over the world to give money to the Eckerts.
The family decided the money should go to the Snowball Express-a charity that helps children who've lost a parent in the military.
A Texas company will match each donation dollar for dollar up to one million dollars.
"So in effect we're taking Myles' 20 dollar bill and we're paying it forward to 2 million dollars for our friends which is incredible."
"Do you realize just how much money that 20 dollar bill has turned into?
"How much is a lot?"
"Well it could be up to 2 million dollars."