Upon discovering an envelope full of money on the ground, two Home Depot employees in Nashville worked tirelessly to return the lost item to its rightful owner. And discovering the owner’s purpose for the cash made the act of kindness even more impactful!
Home Depot employee Adam Adkisson was going about his usual business one day when something caught his attention on Aisle 22. On the ground lay a white envelope — something he could have easily dismissed. But something urged him to go back.
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“I didn’t think anything of it at first. I thought it was empty, but I thought I’d go back to make sure,” he explained.
Thankfully, Adam listened to that little voice telling him to double-check the out-of-place item. And it’s a good thing he did. A closer inspection revealed this wasn’t a carelessly discarded piece of trash. This was an envelope full of money ($700 to be exact)!
Adam could have easily pocketed the cash and considered himself $700 richer. But his kind heart would never allow such selfishness. With Christmas looming on the horizon, Adam knew he needed to find the owner of this money.
And to do that, he needed help.
Returning The Envelope Full Of Money
Adam Adkisson took the envelope full of money to his manager, Alissa Rocchi, and explained the situation.
"I was the closing manager that night and I noticed it was still here. I thought to myself oh my goodness he or she didn't know they even lost it here. It was just sad at that point," Alissa recalled.
The Home Depot employees turned to social media as a way to find the owner of the envelope. Naturally, Alissa took care in how much detail she provided about the “lost item.” And eventually, her post led her to the right person.
“I got a message from a gentleman by the name of Mark,” she said.
Mark claimed the envelope full of money belonged to his business partner.
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“It's his money. He lost it. He is panicking,” Mark wrote to the Home Depot manager.
Alissa verified the truth to Mark’s claims when the man succeeded in accurately confirming the details of the envelope, including the writing on its back.
A Christmas Blessing
The money indeed belonged to Mark’s business partner, Johnathon Clayton. Johnathon was carrying the $700 so he could buy a Christmas gift for his young children. And when the envelope full of money went missing, he was most certainly sure it was gone forever. But God made sure it fell into the right hands.
"I was stressing over it pretty bad,” he said. “So, I am glad that he [Mark] is a social media guy and was able to see that [post] because I would have never seen it.”
With the money returned, Christmas was saved for this dad and his children. And the blessing wasn’t lost on Johnathon. He returned to Home Depot with a small gift for Adam and a huge amount of gratitude.
But for Adam Adkisson and Alissa Rocchi, getting the money back in the hands of the rightful owner was all the thanks they needed.
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“Our core value is on our chest and one of our core values says to do the right thing,” Alissa explained. “That is just us living our core values.”
“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘Don’t fear what they fear, neither be troubled.'” 1 Peter 3:14
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