“It Would have Been so Easy for Whoever Did This in Returns to Just Slip It in Their Pocket and Nobody Would’ve Known”

Debra Mitchell, a nurse in St. Joseph, Missouri, bought some items from the nonprofit GreaterGood. Two sweaters did not fit, so she boxed them up and sent them back. Unfortunately, she accidentally dropped $20 in the box; she had intended to use the $20 to pay postage. Fortunately, GreaterGood is an honest organization with honest employees. In November 2014, mail arrived for her. Inside the envelope were a $20 bill and a handwritten message for her to “have a wonderful [holiday] season.” Mrs. Mitchell, who had assumed that she had lost the $20 somewhere, said, “They went through all this problem to do that. I wish I knew who did it. I’d give it back to them.” She called the organization, which is based in Minnesota, to express her appreciation for the good deed. She said, “I’m just in awe of what happened. It restores my faith in humanity a little bit. It would have been so easy for whoever did this in returns to just slip it in their pocket and nobody would’ve known.” She added, “I just thank God there’s honest people. The person that found this could have said, ‘Oh, there’s my Thanksgiving turkey or there’s a present for one of my kids or my grandkids.’”

For More Information: Jennifer Hall, “Local woman gets lost money returned.” St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri). 22 November 2014; updated 23 November 2014


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