A homeowner is searching for a young boy who wrote a heartbreaking apology note for stealing her wind chimes, after she learned that the boy's mother had died.
Chrissy Marie, a homeowner from Lakewood, Washington, was surprised to find her butterfly-shaped wind chimes missing one day, and in their place was with a note from a boy named Jake and a $5 bill, The Huffington Post reports.
"I am sorry that we stole your wind chime," read the apology note. "Our mom died and liked butterflies so my sister took it to put by our window. I am sorry. This is only money I have. Please do not be mad at us."
Marie said she wasn't mad about the wind chimes, and in fact, wanted to find Jake so she could return his money and give him another one of the butterfly-shaped chimes.
"I'm not condoning the stealing part, but he did try to do right for what his sister did, and I lost my mom at a young age so I know how hard it is," said Marie.
Marie began to search for the boy, with little to go on, knowing only that his name is Jake. Marie said the fact that she only moved to her home in January made it difficult to find the boy, as she doesn't know many people in her neighborhood.
"Apparently, there are a lot of Jakes, according to some of the kids that go to a school nearby," she said.
She posted the note on Facebook in an attempt to help find the boy and return his money, WGHP reports.
"Well Jake, I'm not sure who you are but you can come get your money back sweetie," said Marie in her post. "I had 3 of those windchimes."
She offered to give Jake another of her wind chimes so the siblings could each have one of their own.
In another follow-up post, Marie revealed she had lost her own mother when she was 5 years old, so she empathized with Jake and his sister, reports WABC.
Marie has said she has been deleting negative comments on her Facebook post about the note, adding that "people can just be cruel."
"This story went a lot further than I expected," she said. "I just expected the local group I posted to and my friends and family to see the post. I just wanted to give this little boy his money back. I did not expect all of this."