Man returns lost money order through an act of kindness

Published: Apr. 26, 2017 at 11:46 AM EDT
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Yesenia Del Valle, from California, was in a panic after misplacing a money order going towards a tax payment to the IRS on April 18, otherwise known as the all famous tax day.

Because she was already cutting it close on getting the payment in, Del Valle told CNN that she frantically began tearing apart her car after realizing that it was missing.

After not being able to locate the money order anywhere in her vehicle, Del Valle headed back to the store in Imperial Beach, California, where she originally purchased it and was told that it could take months before she could get her money back. Disappointed, she headed back to her house with little hope.

Later that night, Del Valle said she was startled when a man by the name of Sergio Juarez knocked on her door and had her lost $656 money order in his hand.

"I was a little startled because I didn't know him. You don't expect somebody to come to your door and hand deliver something to you," she said.

Because the money order was already signed and addressed on the back, Juarez was able to track Del Valle down and return it to her house.

CNN says for Juarez's kindness, Del Valle gave him $40 and then said, "Take your wife to Denny's."

It was at that point that Juarez admitted that he would be using the money for gas and Del Valle began asking questions. She soon realized that him, his wife, and three children were living at a motel and having a hard time making ends meet.

Del Valle told CNN, "He chose to find me and hand deliver that $676 when he doesn't even have money for bare necessities." Feeling like $40 wasn't enough to honor this man, she took to the internet and created a GoFundMe account. The account has since raised over $10,000 for the Juarez family.

To top it off, following his act of kindness, Sergio Juarez has also received multiple job offers and is working on a plan to help fund his oldest son's college education.

"Don't stop believing in miracles. You never know who is going to help you and who you are going to help in this world," Del Valle told CNN.

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