One night, security guard Aina Townsend of Maui, Hawaii, found a wallet that had been left behind in a customer’s cart at the grocery store where he works.
Instead of leaving it in the lost and found, the 22-year-old took it upon himself to hand-deliver the wallet to the total stranger at her home! While that is impressive in and of itself, what’s even more amazing is that he had to ride over 3 miles on his bike to get there because he doesn’t have a car.
Aina was able to return the wallet to Chloe Marino, who had forgotten the important item in the midst of trying to load her baby and groceries into the car. The Marino family couldn’t believe Aina’s thoughtfulness, so after he left their home, Chloe’s husband Gray took to Facebook to give the security guard some praise.
“He literally rode his bicycle to return her wallet. Completely full of everything important to her including cash. Nothing was so much as moved,” Gray explained. “Words cannot do this gentleman justice. He truly is what is right on our island and in this world.”
From there, the power of social media took over! Gray’s post went viral for all the right reasons, which gave his business partner, Greg Gaudet, the idea to start a GoFundMe to buy Aina a new car!
In just two weeks, they had raised over $25,000 — enough to buy Aina a 2017 VW Jetta and cover his insurance and gas costs for six to 12 months!
Aina was completely blown away by the surprise! After all, this was never what he intended when he rode so far to return Chloe’s wallet.
“I lost stuff before too,” he said. “I would greatly want someone to come forward and do the same if I lost something.”
His humble attitude only makes his gesture and his community’s response all the more heartwarming!
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