Last Saturday, Michel Sandrin and her daughter participated in the 2023 Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, South Carolina. The single mom was happy to be spending time with her daughter after a rough few weeks and they were feeling pretty good when they crossed the finish line. But when they went for their post-race celebratory lunch, Sandrin realized that she’d lost her ID, bank card, and her cash.
The mother and daughter went home feeling defeated and decided to stay in for the rest of the weekend. But on Sunday morning, they heard a knock on the door. Thinking it was a salesman, they ignored it, until they got a call from their neighbor. The man at the door was Leon Sanders. He’d found Sandrin’s lost ID, bank card, and cash and wasn’t giving up until he returned them to her.
When Sandrin answered the door, she says she was struck by Sanders’ kindness. She tried to give the good Samaritan some gas money for returning her valuables, but he wouldn’t accept anything. And the moment was a reminder for her that there are still good people in the world. “I can replace my license, I can replace a debit card, I can even replace the 20 bucks. But what I needed in that moment was someone’s kindness and that is not replaceable."