Nine-year-old boy gives away Disney World trip to family of fallen soldier

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News Writer
Good News

In February, Brendan Haas, 9, set out to earning an all-inclusive trip to Disney World.

On Memorial Day, the Kingston, Massachusetts, boy gave away the trip — to the family of a fallen soldier.

Haas and his mother, Melissa set up "A Soldier for a Soldier" on Facebook, initiating an attempt to trade up from a toy soldier to a Disney trip.

Inspired my the man who traded up from a paper clip to a house, Haas decided to trade a toy solder up until he could help a military family.

With each trade, he amassed larger and larger items with his growing nationwide network.

Through his trading, he collected almost $900 worth of Disney gift certificates, airfare, and a stay at a Disney resort hotel.

On Memorial Day, he pulled Liberty Hope Steele's name out of a hat. The 2-year-old girl is the daughter of U.S. Army Lieutenant Timothy Stelle, 25, who was killed in Afghanistan last August.

"I think it would make them a lot happier," Haas told WHDH-TV of donating the trip to the Steele family.

Because Timothy Steele's parents live nearby in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Haas surprised the family with the trip in person.

Watch an interview with the philanthropic youngster here.