It’s a sinking feeling when you lose something precious and dear to your heart. Wedding and engagement rings would be at the top of the list, and this lady was devastated when the worst happened.
Tiny Dutton, 6, was at Ballantrae Community Park in Dublin, Ohio, with John Gerlach, a friend of her mom’s, and when the little girl went to the restroom, she noticed a very expensive-looking wedding ring, as well as an engagement ring, which had been left there.
“I said these are some magic princess’s,” she recalled. She showed them to Gerlach, who realized they were valuable.
“I told her we have to do the right thing,” he recalled telling young Tiny, reports 10TV. “They’re not ours and what you do when people aren’t watching is the integrity and character your mom talks about.”
Gerlach admitted, that as a recovering addict, had that happened in his past, he would have been looking to cash them in, but instead they handed the jewels into the Dublin police. Meanwhile, Caitlin Adkins, the owner of the rings, which are worth more than $10,000, had hit the panic button when she got home and found she didn’t have her rings.
“My daughter said, ‘Mommy what’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ And I was just like, ‘Mommy can’t find her rings.’ I was trying not to worry her,” said Adkins.
“I took them off and put them in my pocket because I didn’t want to get sunscreen on them, that was my worry,” she added.
Husband Jake backtracked to the park to check, but everything was closed, it was after hours. In desperation, he tried the police station, and imagine his relief when they told him the jewels had been handed in.
“He called me right away and said somebody turned in rings that day. I was sitting in bed sobbing with the kids and when he said that, I was so happy.
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“But I had to know who that person was because I was in disbelief somebody would do that,” said a very relieved Caitlin.
“Just to be such a young 6-year-old girl to do something so right and to make people so happy, I think forever she’s going to carry that with her for the rest of her life,” said Caitlin.
The couple met up with Tiny, her mom, and John to thank them in person.
“I went crazy shopping for you if that’s OK,” Caitlin told Tiny. “I just kept on picking stuff.”
This story serves to remind us that just by doing the right thing, you can end up making a whole lot of difference in someone else’s world. Remember, one good deed returns another.
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