Lost wallet returned to little boy with note from Santa

December 4, 2013 9:41:45 PM PST
A first grader who lost his wallet is getting much more than his wallet back -- he's getting a bit of Christmas spirit.

Eric Arnold found a Minnesota Twins wallet in a Walmart parking lot in Georgia this week. He was going to return it to the store, but discovered just the name and age of a first grader inside.

"My wife, myself and my kids were leaving Walmart and we just happened to see a wallet laying on the ground," Arnold told GoodMorningAmerica.com. "I picked it up and was going to bring it inside to return, but when I looked inside the wallet, there was nothing but a handwritten piece of paper that had the kid's name and home address, his elementary school and that he was in first grade."

So instead, the 38-year-old decided to be Santa's helper for the day! He packaged up the wallet, along with a personal letter from Santa, and sent it back to the little boy.

GoodMorningAmerica.com says the note began with, "Merry Christmas!" and was typed on official "From The Desk of Santa" letterhead.

The thoughtful message goes on to say, "I can't believe another year has gone by so quickly and it's almost time to visit you in [xxx] again. The elves have been very busy this year and I'll be bringing you something very special they created just for you. I'm sure you'll like it!"

The note ended with a simple, "P.S. - While I was making sure you and other girls and boys were being good at Walmart, I found your wallet and thought you would like it back."

Arnold says he doesn't know if the first grader received the wallet and note yet. He says he was just "spreading the Christmas cheer" and, above all else, he says he hopes people will take the time this holiday season to "do a random act of kindness and see what comes back to you."

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