A 9-year-old Texas boy made headlines earlier this week when he used $300 saved for a video game system to purchase smoke detectors for those in need — and on Saturday, he was in for a big surprise.
Hector Montoya decided to donate his savings after he saw a news report detailing an incident where a 6-year-old and her mother died from a house fire.
“I said to my mom, “Why didn’t they have a smoke detector?’” Montoya recalled to KTVT-TV. “She said, ‘Some people do, some people don’t.’”
The 9-year-old boy then decided to ditch his plans to purchase a Playstation 4, saying that “saving a life is more important.” With the money he had saved up, Montoya purchased nearly 100 smoke detectors for the poor and elderly residents.
The story touched one family so much that they donated the video game system to the child, KTVT reported.
But he was in for one more giant surprise Saturday.
“I thought we were going to go to church,” he said. “It was just awesome.”
Montoya was instead received by a crowd at Walmart. The retail giant donated a brand new television, along with five video games of Montoya’s choice, to him.
“You can play it on your new 50-inch flat screen TV,” general manager Derek Denman told him.
“We just wanted to make sure a young man like that was shown folks appreciate acts like that,” he later added to KTVT.
The generous gift stunned the 9-year-old.
“I really didn’t expect all of this,” Montoya said.
Now, he is encouraging first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama to stress to individuals the importance of having a working smoke detector.
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