Not a thing was missing from the wallet. Even a $100 bill was still there.
"I thanked her again and again," wrote Yeager. "She said she wanted to return the wallet because that is what she would hope someone would do for her if she was ever in the same situation. I know her kind act will someday come back to her."
Yeager and her husband live in Boone County, and for 43 years, she worked as editor and publisher of the county newspapers, both the Hometown News and the Coal Valley News.
"During those years I witnessed many acts of kindness from the citizens of our county, and I often wrote about them in a weekly column," wrote Yeager. "I have a lot of love for Boone County and our people, who are by far more good than bad. Most would, as the old saying goes, 'give you the shirt off their back' if you needed it."
And from Karen Winter of Charleston: "Ten years ago, our 19-year-old son was killed by a young man who ran a red light and hit a car that in turn hit Tommy while he was standing on the sidewalk downtown on Quarrier Street.
"When the news got out, so many people came to the house to give us support. The attendance at the visitation and funeral was indescribable. The outpouring of support and the remembrances people had of Tommy got us through the time."
Winter also wrote of when she was battling breast cancer six years ago.
"The following October, during Breast Cancer Awareness, my school -- Grandview Elementary -- held a 'Karen Day' at school for me.
"I am a retired (but working) elementary counselor of 31 years, and I believe that people are basically good. I have been shown this time and time again by students, parents and friends."
There's no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Wrote the late author Leo Buscaglia, "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
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