In Ashland County, Ohio, a boy was out shopping with his grandma when he spotted a group of homeless people. As he watched them from a distance, he couldn’t believe what he saw, and he uttered six unexpected words that left his Grandma in disbelief.
Nine-year-old Mikah Frye knew what he wanted for Christmas and couldn’t wait for Christmas morning to arrive as he looked forward to opening up his presents. However, all that changed when he was out with his grandma one day and spotted a group of homeless people who appeared to be extremely cold. As he watched them, he couldn’t help but wonder how they stayed warm, and that’s what he uttered six words that left his grandma in complete disbelief.
“He said, ‘Grandma it’s so cold outside, what does the homeless people do?’ And I said, I don’t really know and he said ‘well, they’re cold’ and I said, ‘what do you want to give them, a blanket?” Terry Brant, Mikah’s grandma, recalled, according to Fox 8. Mikah’s unexpected response is what left her in disbelief as he said, “You can buy them a blanket.” However, the surprises that Mikah was about to deliver were only just beginning.
The grandma couldn’t believe the kind heart that her grandson had, but she also didn’t think he’d give up any of his Christmas gifts to ensure those people were given what they needed, but she was wrong. So, she asked Mikah, “Do you want to give up one Christmas gift to get a blanket to give to someone?”
The young boy pondered the question before leaving her shocked over what he said when they got home: “If the Xbox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets.” He had spent all that time quietly coming up with the most efficient plan to get as many homeless people as possible blankets to stay warm.
Given the option to get himself a desired Christmas gift or help someone in need, he surprised his entire family. When he was asked how he felt about his decision, Mikah admitted, “Feels really good, a lot of people said ‘you did good’ and it just feels really good.”
Mikah’s compassion and empathy came from personal experience. According to his mother, Sara Brown, “It was about three years ago (that) we hit some financial problems; me and my husband and Mikah we ended up losing our home. We stayed there (a homeless shelter) for just a few weeks until we found a new place to live.”
So, Mikah has gone from living at a church’s homeless shelter to providing for others. Since he began his plan, hoping to provide 30 blankets, more than 60 blankets have been given to the Access organization, which happens to be the same emergency shelter program that helped him and his family three years ago.
Mikah’s blankets have already begun to be handed out to needy families and include a personalized message from him attached to each one. It reads, “They gave me a blanket, but I had to leave it. That’s why I want you to have your own blanket. Today, I live in my own house, and someday you will too. Your friend Mikah.”
Access Executive Director Cathy Thiemens said, “Not only will they have a nice warm blanket that they get to keep, everybody will get a blanket, but they’re wrapped in Christ’s love as well as Mikah’s love.”
There’s no doubt that the homeless people who are given Mikah’s blanket will be grateful for the gesture. It will remind them that hardships are only temporary. As for Mikah, he’s a wonderful young boy who is truly a blessing from God, and he deserves to be applauded. So, here’s to you Mikah for being the change you want to see in the world.
It’s amazing that some of the best lessons in life are taught to us by young children. Mikah is surely reminding many about what’s important this holiday season — and it’s not getting a new Xbox.