‘Now I have a new friend’: Elderly woman says after the teen returned her lost wallet

The teen went out of his way to return the wallet to the woman after discovering it in the Walmart parking lot.

Age-equivalent individuals do not always form friendships. Occasionally, it is only with a single individual that you feel a strong connection. A teen made a friend with a 61-year-old woman after he drove miles to return her wallet, which he found in the Walmart parking lot. Arkansas native Dee Harkrider had no recollection of leaving her wallet in a shopping cart in Forrest City. A teenager was on his way to give it to her, which surprised her.

According to Harkrider,  “anybody could have picked that up.” She said that if he wanted he could have just given it to the store but he took the effort to bring it to her. “I’m just overwhelmed.”  Delivontae Johnson went to the store to purchase a replacement tire. He parked at a pharmacy and observed the wallet there.

He stated, “I wasn’t supposed to be parking in that spot but thank God I did.” Johnson found Harkrider’s license in her wallet and started driving to her house in Wynne. Thankfully he was able to connect with her on Facebook. “I live in Wynne, but I was in Palestine. So, that young man detoured and came to Palestine and brought me my wallet,” she shared. The two met at a parking lot of a restaurant. Harkrider hugged him and requested a picture with him to post on Facebook because she was thankful for what he did. She said, “I wanted people to know what this young man had done for me. I had to share it.”

Harkrider also presented Johnson with a twenty dollar bill, which she had in her wallet. She regrets not having done more for him. However, for Johnson, the outcome exceeded his expectations. Johnson, who attends East Arkansas Community College, was pleased to receive the gas money. He added that his mother is pleased with him.”She said I did a good job. I’m glad she raised me to be the man I am today,” said Johnson.

Currently, he and Harkrider are Facebook friends. She stated that she wants everyone to know that there are still individuals who wish to assist others. Harkrider stated, “God watched over me. He brought this angel into my life. God sends people for a reason into each other’s lives.”

Johnson is pleased with how things turned out, as he blew out his tire on the way to church after hitting a pothole. He stated, “I once heard in the church from a pastor [that] the devil will strike before God begins to bless.” Harkrider is sure that God will bless Johnson for what he did and she hopes to stay in touch with him for many years to come. She joked, “You are stuck with me now.”

Harkrider described the entire incident in his Facebook post: “A friend told me I was lucky. I told her no, God was watching out for me. Delivontae Johnson, I pray that God blesses you beyond any measure!! Now, I have a new friend!”