Young Man Goes The "Extra Mile" To Return Lost Wallet

letter-to-the-editorRecently I attended an early evening meeting in downtown Perth Amboy where I unknowingly dropped my wallet. Semmon Rodriguez brought new meaning to the term Good Samaritan when he found it, and returned it to me at my house.

The story of my blessing confirms that there are still good, honest people in this world who care about people other than themselves. After leaving the meeting, I drove to Bible study at my local church. Later that night I looked for my wallet in the place I usually keep it and it was not there. I looked in another place I sometimes keep it, it was not there. So I decided I’d wait until the next morning and look inside my car; it was not there. All along I felt like God would direct me to where my walled was and no need to worry.

During the course of the morning (next day after the meeting) I had to call the bank for something unrelated to the lost wallet. As I was on the phone, I decided to inform the bank that my bank card was lost, and started to make a list of other contents I could remember with accounts that needed to be notified. Towards the end of the phone conversation, the door bell rang. When I opened the door a man I’d never seen before was standing there holding up my wallet with my driver’s license sticking out to confirm it was me!

I was so shocked that I was trembling with gratefulness and thankfulness. Semmon Rodriguez explained where and how he found it, which was in the vicinity of my early evening meeting. He said when he saw the contents he thought to himself that “that person must be worrying over the loss.”

Not knowing how to find my house, he asked someone to give him directions. Then he walked from downtown to my house to bring my wallet, approximately two miles!

I was so excited that I asked him to wait while I went to another part of the house to find him some money. The only cash I had was money saved from my birthday gifts. I’d been saving that money for about four years for a special occasion to treat myself. I was going to give him one amount, and felt led to give it all to him. When I came back and gave him the money, and continuing to thank him, he told me no problem… he was doing his exercise walk that morning and afterwards he had plenty of time because he had recently got laid off from his job.

He explained that his job was outside of town and he rode his bike to work. I offered to give him a ride home. On the way I told him I’d like to take him with me to church so my bishop could bless him. He took me by and showed me the spot where he found the wallet. When I got to his house, he lives in close vicinity of the Cathedral International, which is the church that I attend. He does not have a phone, so I went by his house later to ask him if it’s okay to publicize his good deed. He was sitting on the porch with his neighbor who does custodial care work at the Cathedral!

Anna W. Daily

Perth Amboy

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