Letter: There is a Santa Claus, he's in honest, caring people


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Originally Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2013, 3:00 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 16, 2013, 1:29 pm
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My nephew came home from Chicago to celebrate his mother's birthday on Dec. 29th. Much to his dismay, he lost his billfold! We looked everywhere, retraced his steps several times and I prayed to Saint Anthony (the patron saint of lost articles) without success.

Ted started the process of canceling cards and getting a new license but was delayed because of New Year closures. Somewhat dejected, he went back to Chicago.

On New Year's Eve morning, Ted called to say the Moline Police Department called. Someone found his billfold and turned it in! Everything was there. If you're wondering why police had his number, last summer when Ted was home visiting he was downtown Moline and saw smoke coming from a storefront. He called 911 and when the police and fire department came they found hot wires and flames behind the storefront panel.

Had it gone unnoticed, the fire could have done a lot of damage and spread. So Ted's good deed had come back to him.

The police gave us the name of the gentleman who was so kind and honest and turned in Ted's billfold. He is a humble man who works at Holst-Kakert in Moline.

When I thanked him for being so honest he said, "You just tell your nephew, Merry Christmas." We would like to thank Macario Perez for his honesty, Peter Holst for assisting Macario and Moline Police for their help on a busy holiday.

The year 2012 could have ended on a sad note but instead it ended with a reminder that despite what we hear all to often, there are good, honest, caring people living in the Quad-Cities!

Joy Wilson,
Rock Island












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