A boy from East Tennessee received a letter from President Donald Trump, marking a surprise of a lifetime for the 9-year-old boy. The boy, who is known as Eli’sha Davies, had first written to President Trump in January shortly after the inauguration.
The boy heard his parents talking about Trump’s campaign promise to only accept a salary of $1, and that’s when he got concerned about how Trump was going to settle his bills while at the White House.
"I thought how is he going to eat or drink," Eli'sha said. "Or you know pay, if he needs to pay his water bill or anything."
The young boy included three $1 bills in his letter to the President. That’s a lot of money to the young boy. His mom Melissa revealed that her son has always had a passion for giving, so it was no surprise that he wanted to help President Trump.
"My first impression was like, 'You're going to give your money away again,' because he's been trying to save it up for a mandolin," Melissa said. "But at the same time, I was like, I don't want to discourage his generosity, and I think it's sweet."
The boy mailed the letter and forgot about it for nine months, until Monday, when a large envelope came in the mail addressed to the young boy.
President Trump mailed Eli'sha a letter with a message specifically for him, it contained a picture of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and the three dollars that Elisha had sent. "He sent it back, so I guess he didn't need it after all," Eli'sha said.
President Trump told Eli’sha to find ways of making a difference in his community with the money. Trump also told Eli’sha 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.
The young boy is taking the message to heart and he’s thinking about how he will spend the regained wealth. "I think I'm going to save it," he said.
His mother said that she never imagined that President Trump would respond to the letter, adding that she hopes it will inspire Eli’sha to continue giving. "Elisha has a big heart," she said. "He's very conscientious and empathetic. I just hope that never changes."
The President is mandated by Federal law to receive a $400,000 annual salary. However, Trump donated his first-quarter salary to the National Park Service.