Children Praised for Returning Wallet They Found Stuffed with $700

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This is another one of those stories that helps restore faith in humanity. It even shows that there’s hope for the oft maligned younger generation. Three kids found a wallet–a wallet that held $700 in cash, and they returned it. Their return of the wallet was captured on video which is now going viral.

The wallet was found in Aurora, Colorado. “Haylie Wenke, 13, her brother 6-year-old Reagan, and their friend Ashley Dayton are seen on surveillance video around midday on July 18 approaching the front door of an Aurora home, where a robotic voice tells them to leave a message,” Daily Mail writes.

The trio of kids found the wallet outside of a car and sought to return it to the rightful owner. The cash inside had to have been enticing. Yet the kids decided to return it themselves so that no one else would be enticed to steel the money either.

Yet when they showed up at the address on the driver’s license in the wallet, there was no one home.

Haylie then spoke to the answering machine and told the owner where she was going to put the wallet.

“We found your wallet outside of your car and we just thought we would give it back to you,” she says. “I’m going to put it over here so no takes any money. You’re welcome. Thank you.”

The kids had been riding bikes, Haylie told reporters later, when the found the wallet.

“We just thought it would be a good thing to do,” she said. “It just feels good because we really didn’t need the money. So we just decided to give it back.”

The folks said the wallet belonged to their son, Nigel Drake. Jamie Carlton, who lives at the house, posted the video on Facebook in an attempt to help identify the kids.

“It is very humbling the kids have gotten so much attention!” Kerri Eddy Wenke, Haylie’s mother told Daily Mail.

“I would like to take credit for their actions, but we really can’t. They were by themselves and chose to put the wallet in a safe place all on their own!”

“As parents I think we always hope they are doing the right thing when we are not around or when no one is watching. It makes me very proud!!”

“We try our best to make sure they are taught between right and wrong,” the girl’s father said.