A 9 year old Massachusetts boy did something that most adults would think twice about, he gave away an all expenses paid trip Walt Disney World that he earned through a Facebook experiment.
Inspired by a story of a man who turned a paper clip into a house through a series of trades, Brendan Haas set up his Soldier for a Solider Facebook page in February. He began with a toy soldier and was able to trade for airfare, hotel credits, and $900 worth of Disney gift cards.
On Memorial Day, he drew the name of Liberty Hope Steele out of a hat. She is the 2 year old daughter of U.S. Army Lt. Timothy Steele who was killed in Afghanistan last year. “I think it would make them a lot happier,” Brendan Haas said.
After the news broke of Brendan’s good need his Facebook page was flooded with comments. “If everyone was like Brendan there would be no wars,” Bob Wade wrote. “Brendan, being 9 years old you may not fully realize how incredibly thoughtful your gift is but someday you will. I hope you continue to do great things in your life. The world needs people like you.”
Brendan was invited to Good Morning America yesterday to talk about his good deed. While on the show Disney offered him another free trip to Disney World! But instead of accepting the trip, Brendan said he wanted to pay it forward yet again and that he’d be able to find another family of a fallen soldier who deserves it.
“We can’t accept a trip to Disney but we have many more people who would like to have an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World.”
Brendan’s mom said he wants to donate the trip to another family from the original raffle pool.
This young man shows a level of integrity you don’t see too often. Here is the video exchange from GMA.
For more check out this article on ABC.
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