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17-Year-Old Loses Wallet, Gets It Back With Special Note And Surprise

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

When a 17-year-old Miami Marlins fan lost his wallet during a game, he felt 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 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.”

A Good Samaritan later dropped off Reyes’ wallet at Miami Senior High School, and what the student found inside was heartwarming.

“I found this at the game last night and wanted to make sure you got it back,” read the unsigned note. “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.”

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“Hope you enjoyed the game last night,” it read. “Go Marlins!!”

A woman in the office told Reyes a man had dropped it off.

“This nice gentleman walked in, and I said ‘May I help you?’” Registrar Barbara Piedra recalled. “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.’”

"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 even reached out to the Marlins.

"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.

"I just want to thank him for giving me back my wallet," Reyes said. "Whenever I can, I'll return that favor that they asked for."

Sources: WSVN, SportsGrid