A woman’s viral quest to find the little boy who left a touching apology note at her front door along with $5 to pay for a wind chime his sister had reportedly stolen has paid off, as the woman says she has now located that child.
As Faithwire previously reported, Christina Reitz of Lakewood, Washington discovered a brief letter from a kid named “Jake” at her front door on March 3. The text read, “I am sorry that we stole your windchimes our mom died and liked butterflies so my sister took it and put it by our window I am sorry this is only money I have please do not be mad at us.”
Reitz, who lost a parent at an early age, instantly had a soft spot for the little boy who wrote the letter. So, she turned to social media to try and find him. Just days later, she says she knows who the boy is and that she plans to meet him soon, USA Today reported.
“It’s not right that he stole, or his sister stole,” Reitz told KING-TV. “I’m not sure which one it is, but he did try to make things right and I do forgive him. I’m not going to hold a grudge for a wind chime that was a dollar.”
The purportedly successful quest to find the boy began after Reitz — who is known on Facebook as Chrissy Marie — posted in a private group asking if anyone knew of the boy, as she wanted to return the $5 and also offer the children another wind chime so they could both have one to remember their mother.
Reitz said the boy’s aunt responded to the post and that the families have been in contact and plan to meet soon.
“They are grieving, and everything is overwhelming for them,” Reitz told USA Today.
Reitz has launched both a Facebook group to keep people updated on the story and a GoFundMe titled, “Jake’s Butterflies of Hope” to raise money for Jake and his family. The description of the fundraiser offers up some new purported details about the boy.
“Jake is a young boy with two younger siblings who recently moved in with their aunt after the death of their mother,” the text reads. “Funds will go to family to get the items they need for their move and for the kids to get clothing and items that they need, also to help with some of the expenses for the creamation of their beloved mother.”
As is typically the case with viral stories of this nature, it is currently difficult to verify the statements and claims being made about Jake, his family and even the letter itself, though one thing is for certain: It has captured a plethora of attention, warming hearts across the globe and inspiring people due to the compassion Reitz has exhibited. Read the original story here.
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