In today’s world, the news can often leave us feeling disheartened about humanity. It’s easy to assume the worst of people, but sometimes we are proven wrong. When Daisy Owen lost her purse during a night out with friends a few years ago, she had little hope of getting it back.
She assumed that someone had either stolen it or decided it was not their problem. However, a homeless man named Paul Calderbank found the purse and instead of taking the $300 in cash, keys, license, and iPhone, he began to look for clues to identify the owner and return it to them.
Paul knew that he had to be careful while searching for the owner, as the police might think he had stolen the purse. He wrote a note explaining his intentions, saying that he wanted to find the true owner and return all of the belongings to them because he was an honest person.
He felt good doing the right thing and had not taken a penny from the purse. Paul was eventually able to find Daisy’s home address and was making his way there when he ran into one of her friends.
The friend contacted Daisy through Facebook, and she rushed to find Paul. When Daisy met Paul, she was overwhelmed by his honesty and determination to return her belongings. She set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help Paul, who was homeless, put a deposit on an apartment. In the end, they were able to raise over $5,000.
Daisy said that Paul’s actions gave her a renewed “faith in humanity.” This heartwarming story shows that kindness can go a long way and that assuming the worst of people rarely pays off.