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There Are Still Honest People in the World

Laurie Fenby, was shopping at a garage sale in Rochester, New York and as she was leaving, she found a wallet on the ground. She looked inside and found a Jamaican driver’s license, some American cash, and some Jamaican cash. She tried all the usual ways to locate the man, whose name was George.

She couldn’t find him through Google or Facebook and so she asked for suggestions through Nextdoor, a community website. Laurie received a lot of ideas and responses. One lady suggested that she contact a little store that is known to have many Jamaican migrant workers as clients. Laurie called the store and found that yes, indeed, there was someone named George who lost his wallet. She suggested that the owner contact George and have him call her. When George contacted her, he was able to identify all the contents of the wallet and Laurie was able to return it.

But it didn’t stop there. Laurie asked George, “What do you and the migrant workers need?” He said they could use some warm clothes. Laurie immediately contacted the Nextdoor community and was able to organize a clothing drive. She received lots of T-shirts, sweatshirts, shoes, and other supplies.

Recently Laurie was able to meet George and the other migrant workers in Rochester, and she joined them to pick apples together. They’re so thankful to Laurie and her friends—and none of this community-building or friendship would have happened if the wallet had stayed in George’s pocket.

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