(Toledo, OH via WSPD.com) -- Myles Eckert, the 9 year old boy, who made internet news a few weeks ago when he did a simple act of kindness found out just how far paying it forward can go today. Myles, his mother Tiffany and his family were guests on the Ellen show today along with Lt. Col. Frank Daily of the Air National Guard. Myles had found $20 in a restaurant parking lot when he saw Daily in uniform enjoying a meal. Eckert wrote a heartfelt note about losing his soldier father in Iraq and his belief in “paying it forward” along with the $20 explaining to Daily that “today is your lucky day”. Watch the video from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, below.
The story was covered by CBS news, The Blaze, N.Y. Daily News and others across the country. The Ellen show invited the family to California for an appearance with the popular talk show host, and in a surprise gesture awarded Myles with a check for $20,000 written out to Snowball Express, an organization that helps children who have lost parents in the military. At the same time Highland Capital Management announced a $1M challenge grant. The company will match any funds donated to Snowball Express between now and Memorial day up to $1M.
Tiffany Eckert was a guest on Fred LeFebvre and The Morning News this morning from L.A. and last week when the story first broke about Myles’ gesture. Eckert explains her family believes in “being better not bitter” and practices pay it forward each day. Listen to Tiffany on Fred's show, below.
Buck Kern from Snowball Express calls The Scott Show to talk about the $1-million-dollar challenge that started after Myles appeared on Ellen.
Myles' mom, Tiffany, called Fred from LA before taping Ellen.
Tiffany Eckert, Myles' mom, called Fred's show right after this story went viral.