When Dee Harkrider realized she had left her wallet in a shopping cart at Walmart, she had no idea what would happen next. It wasn't until her friend, Elaine Keown, received a message from a young man that Harkrider learned her wallet had been found.
Delivontae Johnson, a 19-year-old, had discovered the wallet and was determined to return it to its rightful owner.
Johnson initially messaged Harkrider on Facebook but received no immediate response. So, he reached out to Keown, who appeared in Harkrider's profile picture. Johnson's intentions were clear – he wanted to ensure Harkrider received her wallet intact, with everything inside. Opening it up, he found Harkrider's name, messaged her, and set off to return it to her home address.
As fate would have it, Harkrider was not at home when Johnson arrived. Undeterred, Johnson doubled back in the opposite direction to track her down. In total, he drove about 30 miles to reunite Harkrider with her wallet.
When Johnson pulled into her friend's driveway to return the wallet, Harkrider was taken aback by his youth. She immediately asked to take a photo together to share their heartwarming story on Facebook. For Harkrider, the experience has restored her faith in the younger generation. She felt compelled to share the story online and spread positivity amidst the negative news that often dominates headlines.
The story gained attention not only from their online friends but also from local news stations. It quickly made headlines across the country, resonating with people who were craving uplifting stories in today's world.
Harkrider believes the story struck a chord because people are searching for goodness and positivity. She acknowledged that some negative comments bothered her, especially those questioning why this story made the news. She responded, "Well, why does it make the news? Because we don't see this like we used to see this. The world is changing, and it's time we woke up to that. And our young people – we need to lift them up and encourage them."
Since their encounter, Harkrider has spent time with Johnson's mother, having met during another interview. She hopes to maintain a connection with Johnson but jokingly wonders if he would want to hang out with a 61-year-old woman. Meanwhile, Johnson, who is taking a semester off from a local community college, is working on various side gigs, including photography and car detailing.
Harkrider expressed her desire for Johnson to receive recognition through media and within their communities. She hopes that their story sets an example for other young individuals, emphasizing the importance of integrity, kindness, and the impact of small acts of goodwill.
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