Brendan Hass, 9, has a bright future as a philanthropist. He and his mother Melissa began their charitable ways by setting up Facebook page called “Soldier for a Soldier.” He was inspired to set up the trading page after reading about how a man traded a red paper clip and kept trading up until he was able to get a house.
The idea sparked and Brandon went on Good Morning America to draw a name from his raffle for the Disney trip. It went to the family of 2-year-old Liberty Hope Steele whose father was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
After the drawing was completed, anchor Robin Roberts informed Brendan that ABC’s parent company, none other than the Walt Disney Co, had decided to give him and his family an all-expense paid trip to Disney World with upgrades to VIP treatment and that they would upgrade the Steele’s family to VIP treatment as well.
Without missing a beat, Brendan thanked everyone but said they couldn’t accept such a gift and he would prefer to raffle it off to another deserving family of a fallen soldier. He left the ancho and the world speechless.
Since then his Facebook page has been filled with messages of support and thanks from those who are calling the young man an inspiration. His next goal is start up a place where people can donate and every Memorial Day he will be able to award some scholarships to those in need.
Brendan asked that people stop worrying about sending him to Disney World- he’s recently been there. He asked instead that for those who wanted to do something, to try showing kindness to others, even it’s just a simple thing. Now that’s a boy to be inspired by.