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A feel good story!

September 23rd, 2015 at 09:51 pm

My daughter's grandmother passed away last year and left my daughter a Ron Lee clown collection that she had built over many years, along with her hutch to house them all. My daughter grew up admiring these clowns and was so touched that her grandmother left them to her.

My daughter rented a u-haul to bring it all home and then realized she really didn't have room for everything in her home- so she put it in a storage unit that her ex rented.

Just after the beginning of the year, the ex was in the process of moving when he slid during a baseball game and dislocated his foot- he was subsequently out of work for 3 months- and he got way behind on bills. His phone was disconnected, he had to move back in with parents for a short time and the bills for the unit rental went to his prior address. Time went by and sadly, the unit was auctioned off without their knowledge. (or at least my daughters..)

When the ex figured out what happened he was reluctant to voluntarily tell my daughter and several months went by.

This past weekend, my daughter and her sister decided to get the clowns out of storage and figure out how to start enjoying them .. only to learn that they were gone, and had been for over 6 months. The girls were heartbroken. Their grandmother's clowns meant a great deal to them.

So, my daughter turned to Facebook and, using a couple of public spaces, posted her story asking everyone for help.

Guess what? Someone knew the guy that bought the unit.

The guy that bought the unit is retired military. When he initially went through the items, he was perplexed why someone would let this collection go to auction- but when he called the storage place, they told him that the owner had had cancer and disappeared. (The ex HAD gone through cancer surgery and treatment the year prior to dislocating his foot. The storage guy assumed he had died.)

So the guy that bought the unit sat on the items- not sure what to do. Then, this past weekend he was contacted by a friend about the Facebook post and learned that the owner was heartbroken and looking for her grandmothers clowns. When he heard her story, he contacted my daughter and said that he had wanted to return the items- his gut told him someone, someday would be wanting these back.

He originally paid almost $400 for the unit .. the price he has asked to return everything "good karma". He is just happy that there was a happy ending and wants to give back the items free of charge.

A reported has asked to put the story on the front page of our local news and stated that feel good stories are too few and far between.

We are so thankful that this story has such a happy ending. And I am wondering what we can do to repay this retired soldiers generous gift.

9 Responses to “A feel good story!”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    What a beautiful story! I'm so glad your daughter will get her clowns back!

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    That's awesome!! & what are the odds??

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    That is a great story, and it would be nice to find a way to reward his generous spirit and, as they say, "pass it on."

  4. snafu Says:

    How touching. I'd try every means to give credit to the generosity of this Vet with his permission, vlog on internet, layout in his military's newsletter, community's newsletter, Legion's outlet etc. acknowledge him every Christmas and never ever forget his birthday. There is so little personal kindness lately, thank you for sharing this event.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    If it were me, I wouldn't need the accolades but a simple thank you. I'm sure the reward for this man is in finding the owner! Of course, I'm always a fan of 'paying it forward', too.

  6. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I wish you all could see the outpouring of support for him on the facebook post. Local businesses are starting to put a care package of thank you gifts together for him. It is simply amazing how much he is being acknowleged already and it hasn't hit the paper yet. We will definitely pay this kindness forward. THis is DD2, my single parent daughter who raised lil Z (foster child) for almost 3 years...such an amazing turn of events for all.

  7. starfishy Says:

    what a wonderful story - so glad your daughter was reunited with her clowns and that the man was happy to return them.

  8. Ima saver Says:

    This is a wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing this. It cerainly has made my day and brought tears to my eyes.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What an amazing story Ray!

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