Karina Felt so Bad for Taking a Rock from Great Smoky Mountains National Park That She Sent It Back with a Donation

Rodolfo Vieira
Aug 24, 2019
01:20 A.M.

Nature is truly beautiful and humans should seek to protect it at all costs. Fortunately, there are thousands and thousands of gorgeous parks around the world.


The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, located in North Carolina, is one of America's greatest natural wonders and is visited by millions of people each year.

A little girl named Karina was one of those visitors and loved the park so much that she couldn't help but take a little souvenir with her — a heart-shaped rock.


Karina grabbed the rock from Tom Branch Falls so she would always have a piece of the beautiful park with her. However, guilt got the best of her.


Realizing that she shouldn't have taken the small rock, Karina wrote a heartfelt letter to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers, apologizing for what she had done.

In the handwritten note she said:

"Deep Creek was awesome! I especially liked Tom Branch Falls. I loved it so much I wanted to have a souvenir to come home with me, so I took a rock. I’m sorry, and I want to return it."

Along with the letter, the little girl sent a drawing of the waterfall and a financial donation to the park. Both were greatly appreciated by the Rangers.



Karina's gesture was so sweet that the park staff took to its official Facebook page to share the story, showing pictures of the letter, the rock and the drawing.

As a response, the Rangers guaranteed that the rock made its way back to Tom Branch Falls and that, through her gesture, Karina proved she was already becoming an amazing steward for the park.



They also left an important reminder for those who visit the park every year:

"Thank you for recognizing that what is in the park should stay in the park. If every visitor took a rock home, that would mean 11 million rocks would be gone from the park every year! The park would definitely not be as beautiful as it was before."

Not only that, but they also said that the rocks are very important for the animals living within the park, such as salamanders. "By leaving rocks where they are, we’re helping protect these special homes as well as the beauty of the park," they added.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Policeman, 29, Tragically Dies at His Own Engagement Party, Leaving Pregnant Fiancée Heartbroken

March 14, 2024

‘He’s Sagging Just like the Rest of Us’: Tom Cruise, 61, Flashes Shirtless Torso at Beach, Sparking Online Discussion

May 15, 2024

Police Officer, 29, Dies in Freak Accident at His Own Engagement Party — Tragic Details Revealed

March 12, 2024

What Happened to Mom of 2 of Michael Jackson's Children Who Fought for Them after His Death?

April 03, 2024

My Heart Dropped When I Saw the 'Gift' My Mother-In-Law Left in the Nightstand While I Was Away

April 08, 2024

Richard Simmons’ Tragic Destiny — Fitness Star Broke Silence on Diagnosis That Forced Him to Disappear

March 21, 2024

Suri Cruise’s 18th Birthday: Dad’s ‘Different’ Appearance, Her Debated Outfit & Resemblance to Mom Katie Holmes

April 22, 2024

Tom Cruise, 61, Seen with New 'Bob of Dark Hair' & Bangs, Stirring Buzz: Photos

March 08, 2024

Wayne Newton Welcomed His Rarely Seen Daughter Long after He Lost All His Money – Photos of His Beautiful Lady

February 06, 2024

Tom Cruise’s First Photo in Years with His Two Grown-Up Adopted Kids Becomes a Topic of Discussion

May 09, 2024

This Man Is a Legendary Musician’s Son – He Called His Mom ‘Dragon’ & His Uncle Got Custody of Him

February 02, 2024

'Little House on the Prairie' Turns 50 This Year – How the Cast Has Changed over the Decades

May 15, 2024

Tom Cruise's Rumored Girlfriend, a Mom of Two, Breaks His 33 Age Limit – Details of His Alleged Partner

February 19, 2024

This Boy Is a Superstar’s Adopted Son – He Was Just 13 When He Lost His Beloved Stepdad to a Secret Illness

April 19, 2024