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$20 found by local boy could turn into millions

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We have an update to a story we first brought you last month about a simple act of kindness by a local boy. What he did has inspired people all over the world, and it could add up to millions of dollars for charity.

9-year-old Myles Eckert's father was a soldier killed in the line of duty in 2005. The memory of his father inspired Myles to give some money he found to another solider.

That $20 now has the potential to become millions for a charity that helps children of fallen military heroes.

"It was the right thing to do. It would have been selfish if I didn't do that," Myles says. "My mom says kindness always wins. And she's right! Yes she is!"

Myles found the $20 bill on the way into the Cracker Barrel in Maumee. Instead of using it for a game or a toy, he hand delivered it, along with a note, to Lt. Col. Frank Dailey of the 180th Fighter Wing.

"I am truly honored to be part of the story," Dailey says. "It's Myles' story, and his act of kindness. I am just happy to have been the recipient."

Tiffany and her children often perform random acts of kindness, but she says this one was all Myles.

"He was so focused on writing that note," she says. "He had to give it to the soldier. I believe it's a fate thing, a God thing. Things happened the way they were supposed to."

Tiffany lost her husband, and her children lost their father in May 2005, just weeks after Myles was born.

"You get better, not bitter," she says. "Kindness always wins, and you work to pay it forward. Those are the three major truths I try to instill in my children, and this is the big payoff for me."

It's been a big payoff for a lot of others too.

Lt. Col Dailey donated the original $20 to Cedar Creek Church. Offers poured in from all over the world to give money to the Eckerts. The family decided the money should go to Snowball Express, a charity that helps children who've lost a parent in the military. A Texas company will match each donation dollar for dollar up to a million. That original $20 could now add up to over $2 million.

The Eckerts story has been featured on a number of national news programs, and they met former President George W. Bush.

Lt. Col. Dailey and the Eckerts also made an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show this month.

The donations to Snowball Express are around $400,000. The match is running through Memorial Day.

Click here to find out more about how you can donate.

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