When a 17-year-old Miami Marlins baseball fan lost his wallet during a recent game, he felt almost certain he’d never see it again.
“I was looking all over, like the seats, to see if I had just dropped it,” Cristhian Reyes, a senior at Miami Senior High School, told WSVN. “I was paranoid because I had my school ID. It had some important stuff in there so I could contact other people, and I had money in there, obviously.”
Later that week, a man entered the office at Miami Senior High School. “This nice gentleman walked in, and I said ‘May I help you?'” said Registrar Barbara Piedra. “And he said, ‘Somebody lost this wallet. One of your students. I think it’s one of your students from this school, lost this wallet at the game, and I just want to make sure he gets it back.'”
With the wallet was a note which read in part, “I added $20 to it so you know the world is a great place. Do me a favor and when you get the chance, do something nice for someone else.”
The note was left unsigned. “Looked at the letter, I was in awe of the letter with the wallet, and I said ‘No, no, no, we need to do something with it,'” said Miami Senior High School Vice Principal Felix Zabala, “so I decided I’m gonna take a picture. So I took a picture of the letter and the wallet, and I emailed it to the entire staff.”
The school also reached out to the Marlins organization to let them know that at least one of their fans is a true Good Samaritan. “And now you have a student, inspired by an anonymous person who wanted to do a good deed, and I’m certain this student will continue to pay it forward,” said Vice President of The Marlins Foundation Alfredo Mesa.
Reyes is unsure how he will repay the favor. “I just want to thank him for giving me back my wallet,” he said. “Whenever I can, I’ll return that favor that they asked for.”
Everyone connected to the story thanks the man for his good deed and everything he did. Mesa will also try to help Reyes come up with a way to pay the deed forward in the hopes of doing something nice for someone else.