Clear Lake boy finds $100, gives back to the community

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(ABC 6 NEWS) – An Iowa boy had a special stroke of luck this holiday season and decided to pay it forward.

Jacob Boller — a Clear Lake sixth-grader — found a $100 bill on his way home from school.

Instead of spending it on himself, he used it to shop for toys for other kids in his community. The Boller family checked with the police after Jacob found the money, but no one had reported it missing. They waited eight days to see if someone would claim it. When no one did, Jacob said he wanted to donate toys and games to kids less fortunate than him this holiday season.

"I just wanted other people to have a blessed and fortunate Christmas because I thought that I already had a pretty good Christmas so far," Jacob said.

His mom and dad were overjoyed at his response.

"To say we’re proud is an understatement he’s just an awesome kid," his mother Melinda said.

Jacob donated to Toys for Tots through a local accountant that matches toy donations. He gave 7 seven toys, so a total of 14 toys went to kids in need. The family says they hope Jacob’s story influences other young people to give back to their community.