The innocence of a child can sometimes offer the most comfort in a terrible situation and a little boy in Oregon has proven it.
Abay Milner, 6, found out recently that three firefighters in Washington died as they tried to save their community from a wildfire burning across the northwest.
"We heard about the three firefighters who died, and I felt sad," Milner told KPTV.
So he decided he needed to do something to help, so he wrote a letter and put together a memory box for the firefighters and their families.
"I wrote, 'for firefighters who died in wildfires, it's a memory box from Abay, thank you for risking your life to save others,'" Milner said.
His mother then drove him to Fire Station 13 in Northeast Portland to deliver his gift.
When firefighters opened the box, they found about $20 in change, money Milner had been saving from his allowance. He called it his "giving away money," along with a small firefighter built of Legos.
Milner told KPTV if the families of those fallen firefighters hear about his gift, he wanted them to know he's thinking of them and hopes they have a good night.
Firefighters said they sent the box to a fallen firefighter foundation.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.