Christmas itself may be over, but the stories of Christmas miracles are not.
If you found $100 on the street, what would you do with it? Put gas in the car? Take it to the nearest restaurant for an amazing meal? It's a lot of money for a 12-year-old. If you're sixth-grader Jacob Boller from Clear Lake, you don't keep it or spend it on yourself, you pay it forward and make a merry Christmas for other kids your age who really needed it.
WHO-TV reports that Jacob did his due diligence and checked with police to see if they could track down anyone reporting the missing money, waiting several days for anyone who might come forward. Beyond that, according to the Mason City Globe-Gazette, Jacob's father checked his own wallet (jokingly, of course), just in case he happened to be missing some extra cash. The family also took the $100 bill to the bank to make sure it was the real deal. It stayed on the refrigerator for eight days before they gave up on finding anyone to claim it as their own.
After everything checked out, Jacob and his proud parents, Josh and Melinda Boller went shopping. Not for themselves but for others in need in their community. Josh and Melinda recounted the story of how they told their selfless young son to safely and freely spend the cash however he wanted. He chose to purchase and donate a total of 14 toys that included contributions coming out of matched funds from a CPA firm in the Clear Lake area, who Jacob also enlisted to handle the distribution of the toys and games.
It's been a year of strife and struggle for so many, and I think we could all be forgiven for keeping such a lucky discovery to ourselves, especially after the amount of legwork put in by Jacob Boller to find out who it really belonged to. He, instead, chose the selfless act of giving and made the holidays brighter for his neighbors.