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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 9-year-old Lake Highlands boy is on a mission to find the person who lost a wallet containing a lot of money. But five weeks have passed, and so far, no one has claimed it.
“It’s still theirs. It’s still their money” says Jacob Howell, a third-grade student at White Rock Elementary School in Lake Highlands.
On Friday, November 7, Jacob and his family were attending a tailgate party hosted by Christy, Norcross, Thomas (CNT) Real Estate. The Lake Highlands High School football team was preparing to play Mesquite Horn that night. Many people were in the park and in the area. Jacob was riding his bicycle with a friend and was about to put the bike away when he spotted a red wallet on the ground and he even remembers that there was a quarter on the ground next to it.
“I feel bad for them because it’s not really their fault that they lost it” says Jacob. “It could have accidentally fell out of their pocket and so I want them to have it back.”
Inside the wallet was cash — $99 and some change.
“I just thought, well, it’s not mine, so I would just give it to my dad” says Jacob.
The Howell’s and Jason Thomas with CNT sent out emails and posted the fact that a wallet was found on a number of social media sites. But no one has claimed it yet.
“I love that we live in a community that looks out for one another and it’s encouraging to see this young man’s actions and honesty” says Thomas.
Jacob worried that someone attending the game didn’t have the money they needed that night. “If he was going to the football game to buy something, then he wouldn’t be able to buy anything like food or drink with his friends” says Jacob.
“I think he’s pretty awesome” says Mr. Powell. “I’m very proud of him.”
Paul Howell, Jacob’s father, says he and his wife are kind of strict with their children and these types of lessons are practiced at home. But this is a real-life lesson in doing the right thing. “I said, what do you think we should do with it? He said ‘we need to find who it belongs to.’”
The Howell’s say they have used the wallet as a learning tool and Jacob says he has learned many lessons from both of his parents. “If we have enough food, then we can give it to people who are homeless” he says.
And other lessons: “That you have to be kind to people and do to others as you want them to do to you. And that if somebody hits you, or does something mean, you don’t hit them back” says Jacob.
The wallet is red with black trim and it has a number of unique features.
Anyone who thinks the missing wallet belongs to them may email CBS 11 News reporter, Stephanie Lucero at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will pass the information on to the Howell’s.
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