A 9-year-old boy from East Tennessee got a special reward from a stranger—after he sent his allowance to President Donald Trump.
Back in January this year, Eli’sha Davies, wrote to the president after his inauguration. Eli’Sha had heard his parents talking about Trump’s campaign promise to only have a $1 salary (he fulfilled that promise) and wanted to make sure the president had enough to pay the White House bills, NBC affiliate WBIR-TV reported.
This week Eli’Sha received a letter back from the president. It came with a picture and his three $1 bills returned, with a challenge to use it to help the community.
His mom, Melissa, said Eli’sha had been saving up to buy a mandolin, but she said it’s been tough for her son because he is always giving his money away to people who he thinks need it more than him.
“I remember a couple weeks ago or a month ago, I gave, we went to the mission house, my grandpa and me went to the mission house, and I gave $5,” Eli’Sha told WBIR-TV.
As the story spread widely once it was first aired on WBIR-TV, John Wildeman in Punta Gorda, Florida, saw the story on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and wanted to do something to help Eli’sha.
“$3 is a lot of money to a little kid, most kids,” Wildeman told WBIR-TV. “For him to sacrifice that and send that money to someone who he thought really needed it, that meant an awful lot to me.”
In fact, Wildeman is the president of the Young Musicians Education Foundation Inc., a charity that tries to help children who want to play an instrument but can’t afford the lessons or supplies. But the one rule is that children must keep up their grades in school.
After hearing about Eli’sha’s generosity, the foundation decided to surprise him with a special blessing.
They bought Eli’sha a mandolin of his very own so he can learn how to play it.
“I’m like a kid at Christmas when I know we’re giving a child an instrument like this,” Wildeman told WBIR-TV. “It’s just a thrill for me to be able to do it.”
Eli’sha said he felt elated when he received the instrument. He had started playing the mandolin at his church, but never had an instrument of his own at home to use.
“I’d like to say that he was really generous to do that for me,” Eli’sha added.
Another company, Guitar Center in West Knoxville also continued the generosity and gave Davies picks, strings, a tuner, and a chord chart to complement his mandolin.
“He’s just getting better and better, and now he’ll be able to practice at home. He’s very detailed, so he can just pick it up real fast,” Davies said about her son’s mandolin skills.
Eli’sha said he is now deciding how to use his money to help others.
“Well I just want to be a blessing to everyone,” he told WBIR-TV.