A young boy who heard President Donald Trump does not take a salary thought he would help the president out by sending him all of the cash he had — $3.00
Eli’sha Davies, 9, from Crossville, Tennessee, wrote the president in January after he heard his parents talking about Trump’s campaign promise to only accept a salary of $1.00 He was concerned about how the president would make ends meet.
“I thought, how is he going to eat or drink?” Eli’sha told WBIR. “Or, you know, pay, if he needs to pay his water bill or anything.”
Eli’sha’s mother, Melissa, said her son has always had a giving spirit, so she was not surprised when he wanted to help Trump.
“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,” she told WBIR. “But at the same time, I was like, I don’t want to discourage his generosity, and I think it’s sweet.”
It took nine months to get a response, but it was a letter from the president specifically for Eli’sha. The letter came with a picture of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, along with the boy’s three dollars.
In the letter, Trump told Eli’sha to use his money to help those in his community. The president also told him to, “Think big and dream even bigger!”
“It was very simple, to the point, but at the same time, just coming from the president makes it, I don’t know, just wonderful,” Melissa said.
Eli’sha took the message to heart and said he might save the money.
Melissa said she never thought that Trump would respond to the letter, but she hoped it would inspire her son to keep giving to others.
This is such an amazing story, and it says a lot about the president who would take time out of his busy schedule to respond to this boy’s kind gesture.
Let’s hope this young man takes the letter to heart and never gives up his spirit of generosity.