Karden Devenish, a 13-year-old from Spanish Fork, Utah, learned the hard way that you should be careful carrying your savings around with you. He’d saved up $80 from yard work gigs so he could buy gear to bring on a fishing trip to Oregon. After a visit to Nickel Mania, a local arcade, Karden realized he’d lost his wallet and with it, the hard-earned $80. He looked all over, retracing his steps, but without any luck. “I was sad that I lost my wallet because I had been working four lawns a week and pulling weeds so I could go deep-sea fishing with my uncles, so I was super bummed I lost it.”
When Karden’s mom found out what happened, she put the word out on the community’s Facebook page. “My 13-year-old son and his friend were at Nickle Mania in Springville today from 11:30 to 1:30. During that time my son lost his wallet. It is navy blue with Velcro closure. It had $80… It also had his fishing license… No ID other than the license that does have his name on it.”
Just a few hours later, she got a call from Nickel Mania saying someone had left something for Karden. His father went there to pick it up, assuming it was his son’s missing wallet. Instead of the wallet, it was an envelope containing $120 and a note from an anonymous benefactor: “Friend, buy a new fishing wallet, fishing license, and have fun. I read what happened to you on Facebook and had the same thing happen when I was younger. Good luck. P.S. If your wallet was returned, pay it forward with this.”
Karden didn’t just learn a lesson about being careful with his cash. “I thought the world was all bad and everything, but now I realize that there are actually some good people out there.”
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