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The Power of 20

Oct 5

Written by: Douglas Goddard
10/5/2017 3:28 AM  RssIcon

Lt. Col. Frank Dailey unexpectedly found himself on the receiving end of an act of kindness from an 8- year-old boy named Myles Eckert after leaving a Cracker Barrel one afternoon.

Little Myles spotted a 20-dollar bill on the ground and decided to pay it forward to the soldier. Attached was the following note:

"Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found 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."

Myles’ father, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, was killed in Iraq just weeks after Myles was born.

Lt. Col. Dailey was so inspired by Myles’ kind act, he shared the story via email which in turn was shared more than half a million times on social media.

This momentum led Myles to found The Power of 20, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping other charities and families facing obstacles, nationwide. Most recently The Power of 20 spearheaded an effort to provide a dying soldier his final wish of attending a Green Bay Packer playoff game.

Do you feel inspired by this story to pay it forward, but don’t know how to begin? Check out these acts of kindness ideas and then register on TrikleTrade today. As Myles proves, your action doesn’t have to be big to make a BIG difference.

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Re: The Power of 20

Soldier work for country so we become safe in our home and work for different things easily.The best essays share different soldier stories so we inspired from them and give more respect to them.

By Kamren on   4/22/2018 2:09 AM

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