An East Aurora woman has been searching for the owner of a lost banking envelope with money in it that she found at a local plaza and the community is so impressed by her selfless efforts that her post has been shared hundreds of times to help.
“Most people would have kept the money and not thought twice about it. I really hope she finds out the owner of the cash,” said Ashley Lamendola who read the story.
But Julie Landseadel Schmidt doesn’t want any praise. She says “it was just the right thing to do.”
“I kept thinking what if this belonged to an elderly person on a fixed income, someone who lives paycheck to paycheck. My two young children were with me and I thought it was a great teachable moment to do the right thing. I asked them what they would do with the extra money and they each told me what they would do. I told them I found it and that I was going to try to find the person. A friend of mine actually gave me the idea of putting it on facebook. I never would have imagined that it would go as far as it did. I have had a few people contact me through Facebook, but no one has had the right banking institution. I am sad knowing that these other people have lost money (and the amounts lost were not small) and others have not tried to each out.”
There is goodness in the world. Thank you, Julie, for showing us.