Ohio boy gets surprise after passing up Xbox to donate blankets to the homeless
BEACHWOOD, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A Cleveland-area boy who embraced the holiday spirit of giving over receiving, got rewarded for his kindhearted act.
According to FOX 8, nine-year-old Mikah Frye had the option get an Xbox from his grandmother for a Christmas present, but he decided he wanted to put that $300 toward buying blankets for the homeless. His grandmother, Terry Brant, told FOX 8 Frye's family was once homeless, so he knows about the struggle to stay warm.
"He knew what it was like to not have a blanket at night and to have to give it back. When they gave him a blanket, he had to give it back. And so the first thing he wanted to do was give a blanket that they could keep," she said.
Brant says Frye's parents fell on hard times three years ago and lost their home and lived at an emergency shelter for several weeks before finding another place to stay.
When Microsoft found out about Frye's decision to donate 30 blankets to the homeless, the company surprised him with the Xbox he sacrificed, along with plenty of games and accessories filled and presented to him in two big gift bags at one of its stores.