EAST PATCHOGUE - A little boy with a big heart is helping a soldier whose house was set on fire by thieves right after the holidays.
Eric Carver is a state trooper who is also a member of the New York Air National Guard. He's currently serving overseas, but he was recently informed that his East Patchogue home was broken into just two days after Christmas. The thieves set Carver's home on fire, leaving just a boarded-up shell in its space, and his truck was stolen as well.
A 10-year-old neighbor had a big idea to help out the guardsman before his return. Thomas Roach decided to use the money he got for Christmas to buy bracelets he could sell at school. So far, he's raised more than $3,000 to give to Carver so he can rebuild when he gets back to Long Island.
The boy's proud mother, Debbie Roach, says she's "just blown away" by her son's kindness. Thomas Roach says he wanted to give back to Carver for doing so much to help the community.