Microsoft surprises 9-year-old who gave an Xbox to help homeless

The Microsoft logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in 2015. (Reuters/Jim Young)

A 9-year-old boy from Ohio who gave up his Christmas wish of getting an Xbox One in order to help homeless people ended up getting more than what he gave up as a local Microsoft store surprised him with a present he wouldn’t forget.

Mikah Frye’s biggest item on his Christmas list was an Xbox One. However, as the weather grew chillier and the holidays arrived, he noticed people without homes wandering out in the cold.

That’s when he decided that he wanted to give them blankets. The boy was full of compassion for the homeless people that he decided to give up on his wish of getting an Xbox One gaming console and use the money his parents would’ve used on it to buy blankets for the needy.

With the $300 gaming console that the boy gave up, the family was able to provide over 60 blankets for homeless people in the area with the help of local shelter Access Program.

When a local Microsoft Store heard about what Frye did, they invited the boy and his family to the store at a mall in Beachwood, Ohio to hand him a surprise. Frye found Santa Claus waiting to give him two bags of gifts, including a brand new Xbox One.

Frye’s inspiring compassion is rooted in his own experience. About three years ago, the boy, along with his parents had to spend a few weeks at an emergency shelter after the family encountered some financial problems, which caused them to lose their home.

This is why the boy felt a great need to help the homeless people, as he remembers what it was like to lose his home at a very young age. “He knew what it was like to not have a blanket at night and have to give it back,” said Terry Brant, the boy’s grandmother. “So the first thing he wanted to do is give a blanket that they could keep.”