Jaron Johnson and his mom Jodie were grocery shopping at their local Walmart store when the little boy suddenly spotted something green on the floor. On taking a closer look the boy realized that it was money, a hundred-dollar bill. That was an enormous find for anyone and even more for a little 8-year-old boy like Jaron.
While someone else would have excitedly pocketed the money, Jaron did the exact opposite. He picked up the money and handed it to his mum so that they can find the owner. Jodie couldn’t be any prouder of her son that moment.
That $100 bill turned out to be even more valuable than anyone would have thought. This is because the money belonged to an elderly shopper. And losing $100 would have been a big loss for him. 86-year-old Jamie Grice was the one who had lost the money. As a senior who relied on his fixed retirement income, losing 100$ was a big blow to his finances for the month. He was just about to pay for his own groceries when he realized that his $100 was missing. Since he had no other cash on him, he had to leave the store without getting his groceries much to his dismay.
“When I walked outside of the store I said lord let somebody that really needs that money, find it. When I turn things over to the Lord, I don’t fool with it anymore.” Jamie said.
Thankfully, it was someone with a good heat like Jaron that found the money. He not only gave his mom the money but also reminded her to call the store to report the “lost but found” and try to find the owner.
“I gave it to my mom and then the next day when we woke up I reminded her to call Walmart to see if anyone reported it,” Jaron told to KALB.
Jaron’s mom who is a special education teacher at a local elementary school was so impressed by her son’s actions. While many parents would have had trouble convincing their kids on the need to return the money, Jodie said her son was more than willing to return the money before she even mentioned it.
“We talked about it on the way home, you know, people work hard for their money,” she added. “I was immediately proud of him. He’s a great kid, he has an amazing character. He does the right thing even when no one is looking.”
Since Jamie Grice had formally reported the loss of his money before leaving the store, it was easy to fit the puzzle together when Jodie made the call to the supermarket about the money her son found. A meeting was arranged and the little boy was able to return the $100 bill to the rightful owner who was relieved and happy for the boy’s incredible act of kindness.
“Knowing that he was on a fixed income made the lesson that much more valuable. I told him ‘look how much you helped him and how much he appreciates it,’” Jodie recalls.
As a show of appreciation, the little boy was given $20 as a reward for his act of kindness and a couple of fresh tomatoes which he really loves.
“That child right there, he’s 100 percent to me,” and impressed James told the local news station.
Such a very kind heart will no doubt grow up to be a remarkable young man.