A nine year old boy made news last week when he took his own allowance money and sent it on to the President. Eli’sha Davies had heard that President Trump was donating his presidential salary and was concerned that Trump may need some extra help, financially, and so Davies gave what he could.
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“I thought, how is he going to eat or drink,” Eli’sha Davies said. “Or, you know, pay, if he needs to pay his water bill or anything.”
“My first impression was like, ‘You’re going to give your money away again,’ cause he’s been trying to save it up for a mandolin,” his mother Melissa told WBIR. “But at the same time, I was like, I don’t want to discourage his generosity, and I think it’s sweet.”
Davies had sent a letter to President Trump back in January that included a $3 donation.
More than six months later, Davies got a response. The President wrote that he was grateful, but that he wouldn’t accept the donation. Instead, he suggested that Davies find a worthwhile cause closer to home. “Look for ways to make a difference,” Trump encouraged.
“One of the best aspects of my job as President is hearing from young Americans like you, and I am grateful for your and your family’s prayers,” Trump wrote.
“With your faith and determination, I have no doubt you can do anything to which you set your mind,” the president added. “Think big and dream even bigger! You are the future of our great nation.”
Trump included a photo in his response.
As for Davies, he’s considering how to spend the money. He is “going to put some serious thought into it.”
“Well, I just want to be a blessing to everyone,” he continued.
“Eli’sha has a big heart,” his mother said. “He’s very conscientious and empathetic. I just hope that never changes.”
There was another surprise waiting for Davies. The money Davies sent to Washington was part of his savings. He had originally intended to buy a mandolin. He plays at school, but isn’t allowed to take the school’s instrument home to practice.
When the Young Musician’s Education Foundation heard that Davies had donated money to the President and to others in need, they bought him a mandolin.