A mitzvah, according to Jewish tradition, is the performance of a good deed with a good heart. This is exactly how Evelyn Topper described the good behavior of a homeless man that made sure he brought back her lost wallet.
It’s possible Topper dropped the wallet while leaving a local coffee shop with her granddaughter, Mikayla Gounard. Until Topper got home, she didn’t know her wallet was missing. She was very upset because she felt her debit, credit, and medical cards had gone missing.
However, the following day, a call came through that put Topper’s mind at rest. Sean Curry found the wallet behind the coffee shop. Asides the cash, all its other contents were safe. Though, Curry had been without a home for five years, he didn’t take advantage of the situation. Curry reached out to make arrangements on how to return the wallet.
While Topper appreciated his good deed and referred to it as a mitzvah, Curry felt he’s done little to garner such praise. Mikayla Gounard had planned a socially distant “drive-by” party to mark her upcoming 12th birthday. Rather than receive presents from well wishers, she requested for contributions to be donated in her name to charity.
As at this time, Gounard hadn’t decided which charity the donations would be given to, but on hearing about the good deed of this homeless man, she didn’t need to think any further.
On her party date, the 12-year-old placed Curry’s photo and a collection basket next to balloons and party favors on an outdoor table in her driveway. She was able to raise around $700 by the end of her “Happy Birthday!” processional.
I think it’s really important that people who think that because you got pushed down you can never get back up again.Gounard