paying it forward

8 Year Old Turns $20 into Soldier’s Priceless Gift

Today’s ALGN post is about $20……….but it’s really NOT about $20.  It’s about a soldier………but it’s really NOT about a soldier.  I guess what it is really about is an 8 year old boy, paying tribute to his father (a fallen soldier, himself).  I apologize for those of you who have already come across this video.  That is the one thing that I hate about weekends.  When I hear about a great story on a Friday, by the time I send it out on Monday, many of you have already seen it.  But, this story is too good not to post, so I will post it for today, anyway.  And I would like to thank Tami C., Davi, F., Kimberly C. and Mindy C., Danielle C., Kathleen M. and Cara P.  Each of them sent me this great story at various times over the weekend.  It really is touching.  8 year old, Miles Eckert went out to eat with his family one afternoon to a Cracker Barrell near Toledo, Ohio on February 7th.  Before entering the restaurant, Miles had found a $20 bill in the parking lot of the restaurant.  He was super excited and was thinking about buying himself a video game with the money he found.  But, then, he saw a soldier in the same restaurant (with his wife and baby).  The soldier is Lieutenant Colonel Frank Daly.   What Miles did next was pretty impressive.  He decided that he wanted to “pay it forward” with that $20 and give it to the soldier because the soldier reminded him of his dad.  Miles’ Dad (Army Sergeant, Andy Eckert) was also a soldier.  He was a soldier who died in Iraq only 5 weeks after Miles was born.  All Miles has is a few photos and stories about his Dad (and his dog tags and wedding ring).  Miles wrote a note to the soldier (Daly) and gave it to him along with the $20, thanking him for his service.  After leaving the restaurant, Miles asked his Mom if he could to to his father’s grave, but he told his mom that he wanted to walk to the grave by himself.  His mom took photos of his son’s trek, where he probably told his dad about finding the $20 and how he gave it to a fellow soldier.  I’m sure he figured that his dad (probably the greatest soldier this young man believes ever lived) would be proud of him for doing that.  Even though, Andy Eckert isn’t on earth to help raise his son, I’m sure that he is looking down and is awfully proud of the man that he is already growing up to be.  He has to be very pleased with the wonderful job his wife is doing in raising their boy.  If I was ever going into battle, Miles Eckert is one soldier I would want to serve by my side!!  What a great young man.  Yep…with kids like Miles, our future is in great hands!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

8 year old turns $20

Do Your Small Acts of Service Matter?

Don’t ever think that any act of service that you would consider providing is too small.  Today’s post for A Little Good News is a wonderful reminder of this very thing (thanks to Phyllis C. who came across it).  It is from an organization called LifeVest.  I don’t know anything about them as an organization, but I really like the message that this video gives us.  They took one small incident of service that someone gave to someone else and then followed the chain reaction that it caused.  Granted, this is a staged music video, but that doesn’t change the importance of the message.  Each person in the video who received a small act of service became happy and their first desire was to go provide service to someone else.  Then, the same thing happened to the next person when the small act of service was performed for him or her….and he/she would become happier and immediately go out and perform THEIR small act of service.  It ends, by the very first person who provided service having a small act of service provided for him (coming full circle).  I LOVE this message.  NO act of service is too small!!!  In fact, every act of service is HUGE.  Sometimes, a seemingly small act of service by us can be looked at by the person who had the service provided to them as the BIGGEST thing in the world.  I have heard stories of where it kept someone from doing something crazy (like taking their own life).  PLEASE don’t hold back.  SERVE OTHERS….there are very few things that will make you happier!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Do your small acts of service make a difference.

Widower Buys Dinner For Couple Because…

A dinner can go a long way.  Today’s ALGN post is about an Ontario man (who hoped to be anonymous) who found that out!!  We had quite a few people tell me about this story in the last 24 hours.  Thank you to EACH of you who sent it in.  The man in this post is Lee Ballantyne.  Lee’s wife had just passed away a week earlier (right around Christmastime).  The couple had been married for 43 wonderful years when his wife, Carol, finally lost her battle with cancer and passed away.  He had stayed home for a week.  When he FINALLY got enough strength to go out, he decided to go to a nearby restaurant for some dinner.  It was tough because he was alone (without his sweetheart of so many years).  While he was eating his dinner, he noticed a young couple that reminded him of himself and his wife when they were young.  It put a smile on his face.  He decided to pay for their dinner, so he jotted a note on a napkin for the couple, letting them know why he was doing it and had their server let him pay their bill for their dinner and then instructed the server to give the couple his napkin note.  He expected that to be the end of it.  What he didn’t know is that his act brought the owner of the restaurant to tears.  And it really touched the young couple, as well.  His napkin note was posted on Reddit and has gone viral.  While Lee has refused the calls (because this was not why he did it), his son has been handling them and says that he has been getting calls from all across the globe!  Why is paying for someone’s dinner so big of a deal?  Because it came in the face of the terrible loneliness that he was feeling.  What better thing to do when we are feeling down or alone than to look for ways to lift and help others.  His act helped others, but I’m sure it brought a big old smile to his face, as well.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

widower buys dinner for couple