Many people travel over the holidays, taking vacations or visiting loved ones.
But traveling can have its downsides. We’ve all lost an item in a hotel room or an airport, and it can be pretty inconvenient—and if that’s bad, imagine losing your whole luggage on the side of the road.
But when one man found a bag filled with someone’s misplaced belongings, he made it his mission to make things right.
It was Christmas Day when Nick Arditi, from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, noticed something unusual on the Prince Creek Parkway: a large suitcase, right in the middle of the road.
With its bright red color, it was hard to miss.
Arditi knew someone must’ve lost it en route to their destination, believing it “obviously fell off someone’s vehicle.”
He felt bad for the owner who lost their things—but was even more heartbroken when he looked inside… and realized it belonged to a young girl.
The bag was “packed” with clothes and things, including brand-new items that may have been Christmas presents.
Arditi became determined to reunite the bag with its owner, and made a Facebook post to try and track them down.
“There’s a broken hearted little girl out there,” he wrote, imploring online strangers to help him spread the word. “It has everything she owned in it including new things with tags.”
And the internet, touched with the story, came through: the post has been shared nearly 500,000 times, with Arditi noting it made its way “around the world.”
Still, over a week passed with no word on who the suitcase might belong to.
But then, on January 4, he finally made a breakthrough:
The owners were found!
It turns out the bag’s contents belonged to two young sisters, whose family happened to live nearby, making it easy for them to finally be reunited with their belongings.
“The suitcase belongs to a South Carolina police officer and his family!” Arditi wrote in an update to his post.