A walk in the woods turned into a magical moment for a Schuyler man and a little boy in heaven. Carl Wilcox discovered a package stuck in a tree between Salisbury and Dolgeville that was filled with special messages for a boy who passed away, a boy he didn't even know.

The bag contained 20 to 30 birthday messages for a boy named Gavan who would have turned 15. "There was am awful lot of love in that bag that needed to get some place," says Carl who helped it reach its destination.

After buying new balloons, including one for Valentine's Day, Carl went to the Frankfort Marina and let them go. "I watched them go straight up. There wasn't nothing that was going to stop them that day. They went right to him."

What many consider a true ransom act of kindness, Carl considers just the right thing to do. "All it took was a little heart. If a man ain't got enough heart in 'em to see that they got to where they needed to go he ain't much man."

Carl is a 'Hometown Hero' with a heart of gold. We salute you Carl!

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