When Donald Trump took office as the President of the United States, he announced to the country that he would not be taking the usual salary. Instead, he would only take $1 dollar.
This impressive act of selflessness inspired many Americans. But it also surprised many, including 9-year-old Eli’sha Davies. When he heard that the President would be paid such a low sum of money, he wanted to help!
Eli’sha was concerned that President Trump would not be able to eat or drink or even pay for his water bill. So, in an act of consideration for the Commander in Chief, Eli’sha sent him a letter, containing $3.
That might not sound like a lot of money to you, but for that 9-year-old, it was everything in his piggy bank. He had been saving up to buy a musical instrument, instead he felt his money would be put to better use helping the country.
His mother thought it was sweet gesture. She didn’t expect anything to come of it. Instead, they were both amazed when they received a response, from President Trump himself – and that wasn’t even the end of it!
Eli’sha Davies from Crossville in East Tennessee sent a letter to the president in January with three $1 bills after he heard from his parents that Trump only takes a salary of US$1 (his campaign promise).
“I thought how is he going to eat or drink or you know pay, if he needs to pay his water bill or anything,” Eli’sha told WBIR.
Though $3 may seem like nothing to most people, it was quite a lot of money for a young child who was saving up to buy a mandolin. But when Eli’sha told his mom, Melissa, what he was going to do, she wasn’t surprised at all…
The letter carrying the $3 bills was mailed to the president, and after that, the family had completely forgotten about it. But nine months later, Eli’sha received a huge envelope from the president, containing a picture of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and also the “donated” $3.
In the letter, Trump told Eli’sha to think of ways to make a difference in his community using the money and also to “think big and dream even bigger!”
“He sent it back so I guess he didn’t need it after all,” Eli’sha said. “I think I’m going to save it,” he added.
Obviously Donald Trump is not hurting for cash. He is able to take only $1 as a salary, because he earned his wealth through his business. Young Eli’sha wasn’t aware of that, of course. He was only concerned that the Leader of the Free World wouldn’t be able to keep the lights on!
His sweet and simple gesture shows the caliber of everyday Americans. While the powerful attack and vilify our President, regular folks are looking out for him!
Imagine Eli’sha’s surprise to receive a personal letter from the President! It will be a cherished experience he’ll remember for the rest of his life.
But the good news doesn’t end there.
When a musical charity learned about the boy’s kind gesture, they sent him his very own mandolin, complete with strings, picks, a tuner, and a chord chart.
That just goes to show you, when you give generously, good things can happen!