Woman returns precious gift to grandparents who were forced to trash it by airport security

Jun 07, 2018
12:32 A.M.
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Ivelise Hernandez harnessed the power of social media to find the rightful owner of a snow globe she found at an airport.


Fox 13 reported that her boyfriend fished out the gift at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in February 2016.

Snow globes are captivating and make a great gift. Katie’s parents wanted to gift it to her, however, they could not take it through security at the airport and had to leave it there.

A few days later, Hernandez was about to witness it being turned into trash by airport security. She decided to return it to its rightful owner and had her boyfriend fish it out.

In about a week, her post had been shared more than 48,000 times. Finally, on April 27, 2016, a clear picture emerged.


“I thought it would share a couple hundred times, but as the day went on, it was more and more. Thousands kept adding on,” Hernandez said.

It was when an employee of Things Remembered saw her post, she searched through her records to find the person who ordered the engraved gift. It turned out to be Linda Modry.

The happy grandmother said that the “really special” gift was for her granddaughter, Katie. Her son had adopted her on January 25.


She was ecstatic that someone would go to such lengths for a stranger. She met Hernandez, who handed over the snow globe, outside her home in Tampa.

Hernandez said that her mother had taught her to always be good to people. She said it was nothing special she did. She would have wanted the same thing to happen to her if she had lost it.


Modry revealed that her granddaughter was devastated because they could not take her gift home to Ohio. Her son had tried to check the gift at Allegiant Air’s ticket counter with no success. The family was forced to throw it in the trash and board the plane.

Reuniting with the special gift was probably the happiest ending she could have wished for. She added that she would travel to Ohio with her husband for her granddaughter’s birthday and take the gift with them.

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