Girl Returns Lost Money; Uncovers Amazing Story and Cool Reward
Last April, 8-year-old Abbie Jacobson found a small green cloth purse outside a local Sam’s Club. The purse contained $4,000.
Instead of being tempted by the large sum of cash, the little girl was instead distraught by the people who lost the money.
“She was so sad and sick to her stomach,” Abbie’s mom Jennifer Jacobson recounted.
Other than the cash, the purse contained Cambodian currency, jewelry, as well as a Credit Union debit card belonging to “Ra Rim.” The family returned the purse to the University Credit Union, along with their phone number.
The day after the item was returned, Ra Rim called the family out for lunch. When Ra saw Abbie, the woman immediately started crying and gave the little girl a hug of gratitude. Ra told them the story of how her family had survived the Khmer Rouge regime, spending four years in a prison camp until finally escaping to the United States. Apparently, the Rim family have been saving up all their cash for a trip back home.
“It changes your whole perspective,” Abbie’s dad John said in awe. “In that way, I think they have given to us.”
While the Jacobsons felt absolutely pleased by the happy ending, they didn’t know that it was only the beginning. Last week, the story was brought to the attention of the Portland Herald. On top of recounting the amazing story on their front page, the article also mentioned Abbie’s love for Bieber. When John Everets, the CEO of the Bank of Maine read the incredible story, he decided to do something special for the girl.
“This is a chance to do something nice for a beautiful little girl,” Everets said, as he surprised Abbie and her family with tickets to the sold-out Bieber show in Boston on November 10.
“It’s an absolutely great opportunity to have a child shine in the community and we’d like to let her know dreams come true,” added Renee Smyth, senior vice president for The Bank of Maine.
Abbie’s reaction to the news? “She cried. I think she’s just so overwhelmed right now,” recalled her mother. “I hugged her and said ‘Everybody is so proud of you,’ and she just cried and hugged me. … We were all sobbing.”
“A lot of people have asked us why Abbie gave the money back,” the proud mom also added. “But we always taught our kids, ‘whatever is in your heart, you do the right thing.’ And it has paid off.”