Acts of Kindness
Boy finds wallet and returns it despite his family facing financial difficulties
This 11-year-old boy has a heart of pure gold.
Cherie Gozon
09.08.21

As an adage says: “honestly is the best policy.”

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Pixabay|Markus Schwedt

This is true, especially when being honest involves money. We hear so many things in the news about robbery, theft, and pickpocketing. These kinds of stories send us losing hope for humankind. But here’s a story that will bring back your faith in humanity and its innate honesty.

The Dahlke family heard their doorbell ring one day.

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They weren’t expecting anyone, so they were surprised to find a boy standing outside. That is another surprise because they don’t know who he is, yet he was there anxiously waiting for someone to open the door.

The moment they said “hello”, the young boy revealed why he was there.

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YouTube Screenshot|Good Morning America

He found Chase Dahlke’s wallet – much to his surprise. They wanted to reward the boy’s honesty, but all they could give that time was $2, the only cash in that wallet. But the family vowed to help the family.

This young boy’s name is Vince Hietpas, and he found the wallet in the street.

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Pexels|Karolina Grabowska

He and his father, Lorenzo, were walking in Voyager Park in Wisconsin when they found a wallet. They searched for any clue for the wallet’s owner and found Chase’s driver’s license. So, they tracked it down and returned the wallet.

Chase was not home when Vince dropped by, but his father quickly informed him about it.

They wanted to do and give more to the kid, so they tried to trace him and his father. The community did not disappoint, and the Dahlke family met the Hietpas once again. This time, they learned more about this family.

It turns out that one act of kindness has a greater gravity considering what they’re going through.

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Lorenzo recently recovered from COVID-19. To add to the damage, he lost his job during the pandemic. He works multiple odd jobs to keep their family afloat, especially in these trying times. It was then when the Dahlkes knew they could do more to help them.

That’s when Michelle, the mother, set up a GoFundMe page for Vince and Lorenzo.

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Facebook|Michelle Dahlke

The people in the community helped right away. They did not only donate cash to the funding page, but some people donated goods in kind. This includes some gift checks for Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Walmart and many more. People also donated clothes and groceries for the family.

Currently, the GoFundMe page is $3,575 away from reaching its goal.

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Facebook|Michelle Dahlke

Michelle continuously monitors the page and withdraws the amount donated to send a check to Vince and his family. That way, the family can get back on their feet.

Finally, it was time to turn over the first batch of donations to Vince and his family.

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Facebook|Michelle Dahlke

These families met, shook hands, and shared their kind words, both thankful for that one act of kindness that may seem small for others but have a greater impact indeed. They handed over the goods (and check) to the family, and you can see the smiles on their faces.

If you want to help Michelle reach the GoFundMe goal for Vince, consider donating here.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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