A stranger found a lost wallet and decided not just to return it, but to return it with more money. His reason will restore your faith in humanity.
20-year-old Hunter Shamatt was on his way to Las Vegas with his family when he lost his wallet on the plane. He did not notice until they were off the Frontier Airlines flight, and when he reached out to them, hoping someone had turned it in, the response was negative.
In the wallet, Hunter had his driver’s license, $60 in cash, his bank card, and a $400 paycheck. The young man was troubled, but he didn’t hold out any hopes, especially as regards the money.
So, you can imagine the shock when Hunter came back home to meet a package from an anonymous sender, and in it was his wallet. The carpenter was even more surprised when he opened his wallet to find each of his items in place, plus an additional $40.
A note that came along with the package read:
“Found this on a Frontier flight from Omaha to Denver-row 12, seat F wedged between the seat and wall. Thought you might want it back. All the best, TB.
PS: I rounded your cash up to an even $100 so you could celebrate getting your wallet back. Have fun!!!”
The Shamatt family could not believe it! Hunter’s mom, Jeannie Shamatt, promptly shared the story, along with a picture of the note, on Facebook. Jeannie also asked for help in locating the anonymous Good Samaritan who had only signed his name as “TB.”
It didn’t take long for the post to go viral with thousands of shares, and eventually, the helper was located. He turned out to be Todd Brown, a father-of-five who believes in paying it forward.
Todd told Yahoo Lifestyle:
“I saw he was just a kid, 20 years old, he had a paycheck in there, so I figured, ‘Well, he’s doing his best to make ends meet,’ but I was 20 once, and that’s a lot of money for a kid. They were very thankful. Hunter was very thankful. He told me he has some student loans and a car payment that he needed to make so the timing was right. They assumed it was gone forever.”
A grateful Jeannie did an updated post where she thanked Todd for restoring her faith in amazing people, but the kind stranger, who never expected to get any attention for his deed, remarked:
“I just wanted to do the right thing. It’s really not that hard to be a good person.”
Like Todd, a group of Elementary school students in Coffee County proved that it really isn’t hard to be a good person. Despite their young ages, they gave the school’s custodian -- a man hard of hearing -- one of the best birthday surprises ever.
They had no money or fancy gifts, but this group of children took the time to learn the “Happy Birthday” song in sign language. The custodian’s reaction as they sing it to him is everything you need to see today.
Facebook/ Hickerson Elementary
Click here for the video. Now, go out and be kind to somebody!