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Girl Gives Her Entire Birthday Money To Homeless Man Who Returned Her Grandma's Wallet

Girl Gives Her Entire Birthday Money To Homeless Man Who Returned Her Grandma's Wallet

"Who knew that returning a wallet to someone I didn't know would turn into something that is gonna spark something really good?"

Image Source: GoFundMe/Support Sean to Help Himself and His Community

Last year on December 9th, Evelyn Topper lost her wallet while picking up a latte and boba tea for herself and her granddaughter Mikayla Gounard at Kamson Coffee, as per KNTV. Topper paid for that drinks from her wallet and she slipped it back into her pocket, according to the coffee shop's CCTV footage, but she didn't zip up her pockets, and it slipped out. Topper only realized her wallet was missing when she returned home "I called the coffee shop immediately," she recalled to The Washington Post. "I tore apart my car and my house. I knew it must have dropped somewhere in the parking lot."



 

Topper was panicking because her whole life was in that wallet. "In this little wallet was everything," she added to KNTV. "Every credit, debit, medicare card. Everything I own. I was distraught." Sean Currey, a homeless man, was scouring through the dumpsters behind the coffee shop in San Rafael, California a day after Topper lost her wallet, on Dec 10. He stumbled across the wallet, and even though the first thought that crossed his mind was to use the money in the cards, his heart told him to call Topper and return the wallet to her. He called to tell the wallet was with him and that he wanted to return it, leaving the grandma ecstatic. 



 

"I started screaming," Evelyn recalled. "I couldn’t believe it." Currey said he insisted on finding Evelyn and returning it, despite suggestions from friends to do otherwise, "because I got a heart" and "that's the way I was brought up." Currey said anyone else would've done the same. "Anybody in the position of being homeless and cold and tired and hungry, if they found a credit card, they’re going to think about it," Currey, 57, admitted. "But whether you're going to act on it is two different things." He added: "I would rather be cold and hungry and know that I did the right thing."



 

Currey and Topper decided to meet in the parking lot of a nearby coffee shop so he could return her wallet. This parking was also where Currey parked his car that also was his home. To express her gratitude for returning her belongings, Topper offered Currey some money. Later, she shared the good news with her daughter, and granddaughter Mikayla, as per PEOPLE. The little girl was so inspired by what Currey did and she really wanted to do something to show him her gratitude. This was only strengthened when they found out that the pandemic had hit Currey's livelihood and that he had no shelter for the longest period of time he's ever experienced, and that he'd been homeless for nearly five years. 



 

Mikayla, who was already raising funds for a charity at her upcoming drive-by birthday party, decided to focus her efforts on Currey. She raised a little over $400 for Currey which her mom dropped off with him. "I got to see him smile, and it made me really happy," Mikayla recalled to the outlet, while Currey added, "I was just so touched. It was refreshing, knowing that people her age want to help." But, it seemed like she wasn't satisfied and wanted to do more. People were asking if there was some way they could help out too, and so, they started a GoFundMe page to help Currey out. 

The goal was to raise enough money to get Currey "off of the streets and into a temporary housing situation that keeps him safe and warm." With the extra money they raise, the mother-daughter duo hopes to partner with Currey "to create a sustainable row of tiny houses for the San Rafael homeless community at large, using his design and construction experience." The donations are pouring in, and Currey says he's feeling very blessed. "Who knew that returning a wallet to someone I didn't know would turn into something that is gonna spark something really good?" he noted in a video shared on YouTube.



 

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