Acts of Kindness
Kind stranger drives 25 miles to return wallet he found at Walmart
Debra thought she lost her wallet for good until a Good Samaritan showed up on her doorstep.
Eduardo Gaskell
05.03.22

Debra Crosby lost her wallet as she was shopping at the Walmart in River City in North Jacksonville. She was about to pay for her items when she realized it was gone.

There was a long line full of impatient customers. It was turning out to be a stressful Saturday with Debra not knowing how she was going to pay.

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She did find some cash in her purse so she paid for her items.

But the anxiety of knowing that she had to replace all its contents creeped in. Her military ID and driver’s license were in her wallet, plus she’d have to take time off work with offices already closed by the time she got off.

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Debra was driving home to Yulee when a notification from her home security camera came. There was a man on her front door and he was there to return her wallet.

“Hey, how are you doing? I found your wallet at Walmart,” said a man in the security video.

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Debra called the man her “guardian angel”.

“I’m like, ‘My God. This person went out of his way,’” Debra told First Coast News. “I get there and the wallet and along with the credit cards and everything are there.”

Debra’s Yulee home was a 20-minute drive from Walmart. The man said he just dropped by to return her wallet.

“Hey Ms. Crosby, I found your wallet at Walmart in River City,” he said. “I’m going to put it by the Amazon boxes.”

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He could have turned around and left but he chose to make the trip just to return her wallet.

“I’m thinking wow this is super. He didn’t leave his name. He didn’t do it or the fame or fortune,” Debra said. “He did it, I guess, for the right reason. It made me feel like what I’ve known all along that 99% of people are great, even though sometimes we focus on that 1% that do the wrong thing.”

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Debra works as a science teacher and wants to use the experience as a lesson in kindness for her students at Yulee Middle School. This was something no textbook can teach and she knew it.

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“If he is watching this, I want him to know that he makes me so proud,” she said. “I have three sons of my own and I would hope that they do the exact same thing.”

Debra wanted to find the man so she could thank him.

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She shared the story on social media and a local news station and after a few days, the man named Johnny phoned her. Johnny’s friend saw the story so he convinced him to call her.

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Johnny is living proof that there is always good in this world. Life may be difficult but angels do abound and it’s these kind souls who make the world a much better place.

Check out the security footage of Johnny returning Debra’s wallet below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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