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Trash Collector Finds and Returns Valuable Gift

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A Ohio woman gets quite the surprise when a lost gift is found.

And she has a city worker who was determined to do the right thing to thank.

It was a usual work day for Josh Kerns until the Medina sanitation worker saw something unusual in the trash.

"As I dumped it, I noticed something purple standing with a bunch of white. And, as we went to the next stop, I kept looking at it. It didn't look right and I noticed the name Lucy," Kerns said.

Before the trash got compacted, Kerns took the purple envelope out of the truck.

"Something told me to grab it. So, I just grabbed it."

The envelope stayed unopened until Kerns finished the route. Then he and his co-workers were surprised to find fifty dollars inside.

Kerns knew he had to try to find the rightful owner of the birthday card..

"I asked ‘are you Lucy?' She responded yes that has my name on it, and I just said ‘Happy Birthday'," Kerns said.

"I just thought it was great that they went above and beyond to come back out and find me and make sure that he gives me the card back because it had money in it," Hamer said.

Hamer didn't even know about the birthday card from her sister-in-law. It had been put in with a gift for her son.  She simply threw out it out with the trash.

Bob Depew, assistant foreman at the Medina Service Department, believes this was all fate.

"Somebody directed Josh's hand to that envelope. That's just my personal feeling. That was meant to get Josh to get it back to the people," he said.

Hamer said it is good that there are still honest people in the world. And, this birthday gift returned from the trash is sure to be treasured for a long time.

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