CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Elkview man who found cash and credit cards said returning the lost items to their owner increased the joy of his holiday.
"It made my Christmas," said Keith McCoy, 80. "I'm glad I found it. Somebody else may have done the same thing. There are a lot of good people in the world."
J.D. Gandee, 58, of Crede, was so relieved to get his money and cards back that he contacted the Daily Mail requesting recognition for the good Samaritan who returned his lost items.
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Gandee, a frequent customer of Smith's True Value Hardware in Big Chimney, was there on Thursday when the weather was bitterly cold.
"I was wearing insulated bibs over my pants," he said. "Instead of slipping my money clip in my front pocket like I do regularly, I apparently slipped it between my sets of pants. As I walked, it slipped unbeknownst to me."
As a property manager, he collects rent. He had $400 in cash wrapped around a $450 money order. Also in the bundle, he had his driver's license and 11 cards that included credit, debit and identification such as a Sam's Club card.
McCoy found the wad of items all in a bundle with a metal clip in the parking lot of the hardware store when he got out of his truck. He picked it up and carried it inside the store to ask manager Mike Ashley for help finding the owner.