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9-Year-Old Gives Up $300 Xbox To Buy Blankets For Homeless So Microsoft Sends Him One For Free

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

A 9-year-old boy from Beachwood, Ohio, has learned that those who give selflessly often receive unexpectedly.

Mikah Frye knew what poverty felt like. About three years ago, his family fell on hard times. They lost their home and were forced to live in a shelter for weeks. Every day, Mikah would get a blanket, and every day, the shelter would have to take it back.

When he saw there were homeless in the freezing cold, he did some quick math. Now that his family was doing better, he knew he would be getting a $300 Xbox this year for Christmas. He figured that, at $10 a blanket, he could buy 30 blankets instead of getting an Xbox — so he did. He got 30 blankets and wrote a note, giving each a way to a homeless person in need.

“He knew what it was like to not have a blanket at night and have to give it back,” said his grandmother, Terry Brant. “So the first thing he wanted to do is give a blanket that they could keep.”

News of Mikah’s good deed spread quickly, catching the attention of Xbox manufacturer, Microsoft. The company decided to surprise Mikah with the video game console he’d traded for the blankets — he was in tears.

“When they called and told me, I was just instantly crying on the phone, and I couldn’t believe it,” said Terry of the surprise. “What’s harder was not telling him.”

Employees led Mikah to the back of the store, where Santa had bags full of gifts, including the coveted Xbox. The family was emotional.

“It’s just amazing — it’s a blessing. Mikah is a blessing to our family, and we thank you very much,” Terry said.

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