In February, 9-year-old Brendan Haas decided to do something nice for the family of a fallen service member, so he put together a Facebook page, “A Soldier for a Soldier.” The plan was to copy the formula of a “trade-up” program that he’d seen, where a man started with a paper clip and ended up with a house.
Brendan started with a toy soldier and was hoping that, through a series of “trade-ups” he would end up with a Disney World trip that he could then give to a deserving family.
Not surprisingly, through some hard work and the generosity of some amazing people, Brendan was able to surprise a family with air fare, accommodations, and almost $900 in Disney gift cards. He picked the winning family out of a hat, and surprised them with their trip on Memorial Day.
The parents of Timothy Steele, who was killed last year in Afghanistan, didn’t even know that they were part of the contest, and were shocked to be awarded with the trip on Monday. Timothy Steele was 25 when he was killed, and left he behind a wife and young daughter.
I don’t know of many 9-year-olds who would be willing to give up a trip to Disney World, and I know of even fewer who would come up with the idea to give away such an amazing trip. Brendan’s parents have obviously done something right in raising their son. As his dad said “Little people can do a lot of things if they put their mind to it.”
Brendan took offense to being called “little,” but the message rings true, and it’s something we should all teach our kids.
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