‘It feels good to do the right thing’: Store clerk returns $7,000 left in coat pocket

first_imgPlatos Closet via WLS(VALPARAISO, Ind.) — An Indiana man has a clerk in a clothing store to thank for the return of several thousand dollars that he nearly lost in his jacket pocket.Jennifer Kimes, who works at the thrift and consignment store Plato’s Closet in Valparaiso, Indiana, was going over some clothes that had recently been dropped off when she found something unexpected in the pocket of a coat.  “Sometimes you find gum, or a picture, or a grocery list,” Kimes told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.But this time she found a wad of cash.The roll contained hundred-dollar bills — lots of them. When all counted up, they totaled $7,000.Kimes’ initial reaction? “It just scared me,” she said. “It made me nervous.”So she immediately put the money in a safe spot in the register, then called her boss, Tammy Wendland.“I’m saying to her, ‘What did you say? What did you say?’” Wendland recalled. “And [she said], ‘A very large sum of money.’”Wendland contacted the jacket’s owner and arranged to return the money to him. Wendland says he told her that he had hidden the money in the coat but forgot he had put it there.“He was extremely grateful,” Wendland said. “Just extremely, overwhelmingly grateful.”There was no reward for returning the money, but Wendland said it just felt good to help someone else.“Doing the right thing is rewarding intrinsically,” she said. “It makes you feel good inside to do the right thing, and there’s really nothing as special as feeling good inside.”Added Kimes: “It’s just about integrity. So when you work with things like this, you just have to make sure that you’re honest and you do the right thing.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ascending to New Heights, High School CPR and a Home Run Save

first_imgA young boy from Chandler, Ariz., is going from baseball player to local hero after saving his coach’s life. The two were alone running drills on a spring afternoon when 26-year-old Isaac Wenrich collapsed after having a massive heart attack. Thirteen-year-old Nathan Boyer said at first he thought his coach was joking, but when Boyer kept asking Wenrich if he was okay, he got no answer. Boyer grabbed his coach’s cell phone and dialed 9-1-1, alerting first responders to the situation. He hung up-and it was in that moment that some of Boyer’s Boy Scout training came to the forefront of his memory. He began chest compressions, and continued to administer CPR for four minutes until medics arrived. Wenrich and his appreciative family members agree that if it weren’t for Boyd’s quick action, he wouldn’t be alive. We give a thumbs up to the Spokane Fire Department for donating their time to a truly priceless cause and to the local rock climbing gym Wild Walls for lending their space for such an awesome event. Of course, we also give a big thumbs up to the Courageous Kids Climbing group for organizing and developing an impactful program. At the end of the fun, long day of climbing, the firefighters gave everyone a tour of their rig. We give a thumbs up to Boyd for keeping a cool head in the middle of a scary situation, and for successfully saving his coach’s life. Rock climbing is just one of the many activities children with developmental disabilities will most likely never get to experience. But thanks to one organization, and some generous firefighters who gave their time, nine kids and young adults with special needs from Spokane, Wash., got the opportunity to trek up an indoor climbing wall. When high school junior Priya Pohani learned that 31 states require CPR training for high school students before graduation, she was disappointed to find it didn’t include her home state of Florida. This inspired her to make a change at her school. Pohani said that although she didn’t feel like she had the power to affect statewide legislation, she could make an impact on her campus. High School Heroes Out-of-the-Park Save Pohani created the Heart Health Awareness club at Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla., at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. It was created to “spread awareness about the importance of heart health and CPR,” which was expertly demonstrated at one of the group’s first events. Pohani and the club organized a CPR training course one Saturday at the school’s gym, with portions of the admission price going toward the purchase of an AED for a nearby school. With the help of GatorCPR, a local CPR training organization, several students learned lifesaving techniques they may have never learned otherwise. Courageous Climbing We give a thumbs up to Pohani for taking direct action to benefit her community by creating the Heart Health Awareness club. We applaud the club for putting on such an important event, and we hope they continue their critical educational efforts. Courageous Kids Climbing is an Idaho-based organization of rock climbers who teach children with special needs how to climb at organized free events. When they recently came to Spokane, the local fire department’s special operations team wanted to lend a helping hand. Firefighters helped the kids ascend and descend the indoor rock faces, and brought special equipment and harnesses to help lift the participants so they could experience climbing.last_img read more

Former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres formally appointed as next UN chief

first_imgThe United Nations General Assembly has officially confirmed that Portugal’s Antonio Guterres will succeed Ban Ki-moon.It’s the final step in the long process of appointing the next UN secretary general.CCTV’s Lorna Shaddick reports from the UN headquarters in New York.last_img

Spring Festival in Mauritius: A Mandarin teacher’s multi-ethnic Chinese New Year

first_imgCelebrating a beloved holiday far from home is never-easy. But for Mandarin teacher Hu Tongyun, two decades of ringing in the Lunar New Year in Mauritius has given rise to new traditions all her own. CGTN joined her multi-ethnic family and friends as they convened for a Spring Festival feast, brimming with the cultural trimmings that makes the Indian Ocean island nation so unique.Related Chinese Embassy in Rwanda hosts food festival to celebrate Chinese New Year Gallery: Mauritius prepares to celebrate Chinese new yearcenter_img Chinese Spring festival celebrations hit Jo’burglast_img