Christian Reyes, a student from Miami Senior School, retrieved his wallet after it was returned by a stranger with a special message attached, something Reyes was not expecting.
The anonymous finder placed $20 int he wallet with a note that read, “I added $20 to it so you know the world is a great place. Do me a favor and when you get the chance, do something nice for someone else.”
This took place last Friday, a couple of days after Reyes, a high school senior, lost his wallet while attending a Florida Marlins opening game.
Inside of the wallet, Reyes possessed his school ID, $60 in cash, along with his driver’s license. Upon retrieving the wallet, the $60 had already been gone, but he was able to identify Reyes through his school ID. With that, inserted the wallet inside of a envelope accompanied by a note, to Miami Senior High on Friday morning.
“I was passing by the office at the time and the secretary said, ‘Zabala, look at this,'” said Miami Senior High School Vice Principal Felix Zabala. “I was in awe.”
Zabala then took a picture of the letter and distributed it to the whole staff, and publicized the story to the student body, sharing his experience of kindness from a complete stranger.
“I hope the students learn that you have to do good deeds in life, that it’s important,” Zabala said.
Although Reyes was unable to comment, due to him attending class, he was able to take the a valuable lesson of kindness from the situation and plans to “pay it forward” as the anonymous finder requested.
“I imagine he would,” Zabala said. “How can you not? How can anybody, if you’re in the story, not want to do something like that?”
The man who left the wallet, left without leaving his name and just, “rode off into the sunset,” according to Zabala. “A big thank you to this individual that’s out there.”