It’s not often you hear about acts of kindness that give hope to humanity like this one does.
Marie Veloso and workers from a company called Junk Depot had just finished clearing out the house of her late mother Rose Marie Veloso. Later that day the owner of the company, Leo Guarante was looking through an old hope chest when he made a startling discovery.
Tucked in the chest was a white envelope containing 21 class E United States savings bonds from 1972 totaling $21,000. With today’s interest value, the bonds were worth $113,954, just shy of $114,000 dollars.
Most people would have kept it, but Guarante thought it would be better for everyone to return the money to Ms. Veloso’s surviving children. He called Marie and told her that there was something in the chest that she might want and would return it to her on Saturday.
“I haven’t been on vacation in 10 years. But I did not think for one minute that I was going to keep that money.” Guarante said.
Marie and her brother Joe were speechless as Guarante and news crews presented them with the bonds. The only words she managed to get out were “Shock. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed.”
The $114,000 wasn’t the only thing that was found. He also returned a gold watch made by the Waltham Watch Co. in 1854 that had belonged to Maria’s late grandfather. The honest business man is currently filming a pilot for a reality show called “From Trash to Cash” that he plans to pitch to A&E. I’m sure a find like this proves his point.
Guarente said he knew giving the bonds back was the right thing to do. He went on to add “It warms my heart to know that I helped someone. In this day in age, the economy is tough. To find $114,000 — that’ll change your life. That will definitely change your life.”
For Marie and Joe Veloso, it most likely did.
So Nation, if you found $114,000 would you be able to return it to the owner? Or would you keep it?