Good Samaritan’s deed done anonymously
Blacksburg resident Mary Jakubowski, 75, wants to thank a man for his honesty and integrity, but she doesn’t know who that man is.
She may never know, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying to get his attention.
Jakubowski, a retired school teacher, finished grocery shopping at Kroger on South Main Street in Blacksburg April 23 when she accidentally left her purse in a shopping cart.
“My mind was on something else, and my car keys were in my pocket,” Jakubowski said. “So, I drove away before realizing what I had done.”
Jakubowski said she returned to Kroger and saw a young man in the parking lot. She approached him and asked if he had found anything. The young man handed her a fountain pen he had found in a cart.
“It wasn’t what I was looking for, but I told him I appreciated how kind he was,” Jakubowski said. “It was a good feeling to see a young man with that kind of integrity.”
But Jakubowski wasn’t expecting a second act of kindness that day.
Jakubowski said she then went to the customer service desk at Kroger, but her purse had not been returned. She left her name and number and hoped she’d get a phone call.
She returned home and cancelled her credit cards.
Jakubowski’s daughter, Joanne, was worried about the situation and called Kroger hours later. An employee told her the purse had been returned.
Within a few hours, Jakubowski was reunited with her purse thanks to an anonymous citizen.
“Not one penny was taken,” Jakubowski said.
A Kroger employee told Jakubowski an elderly man returned the purse to customer service but did not know his name or have any contact information for him.
“The beauty of it is,” Jakubowski said, “Before Christmas, I was at First & Main shopping center when I picked up an endorsed check off the ground and tried to find a name or a telephone, but couldn’t.”
She wanted to find its rightful owner.
“I mailed it to the scribbled address and asked them to call me when they received it,” Jakubowski said. “The young man called and happened to be a [Virginia Military Institute] graduate just like my son.”
What goes around comes around, Jakubowski said, is one of her many mantras.
“I just want the gentleman to know how much I appreciate his kindness,” Jakubowski said.
She has written a note of appreciation to the anonymous citizen, hoping he might someday see it. She thanked him for the kind deed he performed.
“May you and your family be blessed with good health and joy of life,” Jakubowski wrote.
Jakubowski hopes the man who returned her purse will contact her at 953-1773.
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