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Boy makes priceless gift to soldier
Boy makes priceless gift to soldier

Twenty dollars means a lot when you're eight years old. But for Myles Eckert, it would mean a lot more in the hands of a stranger.

Myles, whose father was killed in Iraq just weeks before his birth, has always looked up to soldiers like his dad.

When he found $20 in a restaurant parking lot, he was planning to buy a video game - but then he saw a soldier eating lunch.

Instead, Myles wrapped his precious find in a note and passed it to the surprised serviceman.

"Dear Soldier," the note reads, "my dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It's your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid."

"It's incredible being recognized in such a manner," Lt. Col. Frank Dailey told CBS News. "I look at [the note] every day."

Dailey says the note gave him a gift much greater than $20: "a lifetime direction, for sure."

After the incident, Myles asked his mum to drive him to his father's grave for a visit, and he wanted to go alone. Tiffany watched from the car as the boy walked through the snow and hugged his dad's gravestone.

"I imagine him as a really nice person and somebody that would be really fun," Myles says of the father he never met.

Myles told CBS he hopes his note will inspire others to live generous lives.

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