Woman assumed her presents were gone after they were dropped on a highway—but someone was watching

December 26, 2017 11:58 am Last Updated: December 26, 2017 11:58 am

While many enjoy the holiday season for the gifts they receive, others love the act of giving. For these people, they find utter joy in spending time hand-picking presents to bring maximum happiness to the receiver.

Watching the recipient’s face light up in a grin or wash over with a whimsical look upon tearing apart the wrapping paper is something they really cherish and look forward to.

For one individual, however, her ability to enjoy such moments seemed just about lost following an unfortunate incident that took place on a highway.

Janet Cox is a 69-year-old woman from the UK who loves to buy presents for her friends. This Christmas, she’d thoughtfully chosen the gifts, wrapped them with care, and labeled them with a heartwarming message.

Cox never misses an opportunity to try and put a smile on the face of someone she cares about through her gifts.

But this year would be a bit different.


Earlier this month, Cox was a passenger in a car with her friends Robert and Pam Rudge. They had just been for a nice lunch together on Hayling Island, and in the back of the car were a bunch of wrapped gifts that Cox had given to the Rudges. The day would take a turn for the worse, however, when the trunk of the car somehow opened.

“We were driving down the road and my wife noticed the indicator on the dashboard showing that the [trunk] was open,” Robert explained to the BBC. “We can only presume upon starting off the presents fell out at some point shortly afterwards [when] the [trunk] came open once more.”

A bag of Cox’s presents fell out of the back of the car.


Because they hadn’t noticed that the trunk was open, they had no idea when the bag of gifts might have fallen out, and there seemed like no hope of recovering the gifts. Saddened, Cox accepted the fact that she’d lost them.

But hope wasn’t lost yet.

Driving on the road behind Cox and the Rudges was Kelly John, who was on the way to her mother’s house. She saw the gifts and decided to retrieve them.

“It was pouring down with rain at the time, so I pulled over and picked the presents up from the road before they got too damaged. A few of them were a bit bashed up because of the fall,” Kelly told The Portsmouth News.

She gave them to her mother, Cathy John, who lives on the island, to look after. Cathy took it as her mission to see the gifts returned to their owner.

Christmas wouldn’t be ruined on Cathy’s watch.

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Cathy went to the local newspaper, filed a report with the police, and launched a campaign on Facebook, but for a time things didn’t seem to be going anywhere.

That all changed when a neighbor of Cox’s saw the posts and realized who the gifts belonged to. The neighbor reached out to John, who was ecstatic at the opportunity to return them.

Cox was so happy to have the gifts back.

I am so very happy to say, The powers of social media win again! 😊🤶🎅🏻XMAS PRESENTS RE-UNITED WITH OWNERThanks to The Portsmouth News and Facebook A very happy lady Janet Cox with her Christmas presents.

Posted by Cathy John on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

“I was so pleased … just so excited, overwhelmed,” Cox told the BBC. “We really believed they were lost, they were gone. Never anything like that happens to me. I lose something and it’s just lost forever.”

With the gifts now back in her possession, Cox was once again excited to give them to her friends. This year the presents will have a special story behind their delivery, which is something Cox and the Rudges aren’t likely to forget anytime soon.


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