Microsoft Surprises Nine-year-old Who Gave Up Xbox To Donate Blankets

Yolanda Curtis
December 18, 2017

WJW first introduced the public to Mikah's family earlier this month when he chose to give up an Xbox in exchange for purchasing more than sixty blankets for the less fortunate.

The boy's grandmother explained that the boy's generosity was spurred by his hands-on experience with homelessness when his family couldn't support themselves financially.

When Microsoft caught wind of the story, the company surprised Mikah Frye with the X-box he sacrificed.


A 9-year-old boy from Ashland County, Ohio recently gave up his Christmas wish of an Xbox One X to make the cold winter months more bearable for the homeless population in his area. Microsoft also noticed, and repaid Mikah's compassion by planning a surprise visit with Santa at Beachwood Place, an upscale shopping mall.

"He knew what it was like to not have a blanket at night and have to give it back", said a tearful Brant. They wanted to reward him. and they did, today.

Employees led him to the back of the store where Santa was waiting to help present two big bags full of gifts, including an Xbox. Frye along with the blankets also included handwritten notes for each person receiving the same.


Mikah Frye, the 9-year-old in question whose generosity is astounding, knew deep down that it was the right thing to do. Instead of spending $300 on a console, he could get 60 blankets and donate them to the Ashland Church Community Emergency Shelter Services (a.k.a. Access). A local emergency shelter took them in until they found another place to live.

Three years ago, Mikah Frye and his family lost their home and spent a short period living in homeless shelters. That's why I want you to have your own blanket.


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