Carrier Returns Wallet, Starts Chain Reaction of Good

Boulder, CO, City Carrier Patricia Brown.

Boulder, CO, City Carrier Patricia Brown.

Boulder, CO, City Carrier Patricia Brown found a wallet in a collection box outside a neighborhood grocery store. The only thing in the wallet was an ID for a boy in a local middle school.  She sent the wallet, along with $25 from her own pocket to the school, with hopes they would locate the boy.

They did and when word got out about Brown’s good deed, it stimulated an outpouring of national news stories and positive reactions. Portions of the note that accompanied the wallet were shared on Facebook more than 10,000 times.

“Hi, Aiden, I work for the Post Office in Boulder. I found your wallet Saturday evening in the blue collection can at King Sooper’s on 30th street  People often toss random wallets in these cans and there is never any money left in the wallet. I added a little cash just in case someone took yours. You look like a nice young man. Have a nice holiday.”

The boy used his newfound riches to buy a stranger lunch, bring coffee to a man shoveling snow, and then gave the rest away to two homeless men.

“Everyone is paying it forward,” said Aiden’s mom.

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  1. grannybunny

     /  January 14, 2015

    What a wonderful story. I had heard about Brown’s returning the wallet, adding some of her own money, but had not heard of the boy’s response, which is extremely gratifying.

  2. PTFclerk

     /  January 15, 2015

    Oh my gosh, what a heartwarming story. Way to go Patricia! And I’d like to add that there are many clerks and carriers with that kind of heart and generosity. It was such a good response that the boy did with the money. There are so many good and kind people out there and this young man’s parents have done a good job and should be proud!

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