A 9-year-old Fargo boy had a change of heart. And the story warmed hearts around the country – making him a living example of the old adage about it being better to give than receive.
Here's what happened:
It was a couple of weeks ago when WDAY ran a story about Josiah Shaffer, who had been saving his allowance (25 cents per chore) to buy an Xbox.
After a whole year of saving he was approaching his goal. That's when he changed gears and decided that instead of spending his earnings on an Xbox for himself, he would buy a well for an entire village in India.
A friend had told him about the Water Well Ministry run by a pentecostal church group, which says a $240 donation can provide clean water for 3,000 people for 10 years.
"What's the point of one person being happy when 3,000 people can be happy?" Josiah rhetorically asked the TV station. "If you think about it there's no reason for it to be that tough of a decision, really."
The story about the selfless boy caught the eye of a grown man who happens to share the same name.
So a 35-year-old Josiah Shaffer in Ohio sent a letter to the 9-year-old one in Fargo (via WDAY), telling the boy he was a hero for the decision he made – and sending him a gift.
Well, the gift starts with an X and ends with a box.
His parents told the station they've learned about giving from watching their 9-year-old and Josiah said he'll remember the importance of giving when he picks up his Xbox controller.
The need for clean drinking water
The cause that triggered Josiah's donation is a global problem.
Water Well Ministry says about 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. The group uses a network of churches and missionaries to dig wells in villages that need them. The water not only allows villagers to drink but also to raise livestock and irrigate crops, the ministry says.
Many other organizations are doing similar work.
Oasis World Ministries says in India 80 percent of the population lacks clean water. They say the World Health Organization has estimated that 80 percent of the world's disease is the result of contaminated drinking water.