Chloe Marino went shopping with her 5-month-old son at a Kahului, Hawaii supermarket. Just like it happens, she was carried away and forgot to pick up her wallet as she took her leave.Luckily for her, this wallet was found by a security guard Aina Townsend, who decided he was going to get it across to its owner after his shift.
Without a car, this 22-year-old young man took it upon himself to bicycle for almost an hour—uphill three miles—to the Marinos’ door.
In an interview with CNN, Townsend revealed that:
You know, I lost a wallet before too and it’s the worst thing in the world. I was just doing what I felt was the right thing to do.Townsend
Chloe, who didn’t even realize she’d misplaced her wallet, was blown away by Townsend’s determination as well as his willingness to help out a total stranger.
Her husband, Gray was impressed as well. So impressed, that he posted an account of Townsend’s good deed to his Facebook page:
On Saturday my wife left her wallet in the shopping cart of Foodland in Kahului by the mall. After loading the baby and groceries into the car, she hadn’t even noticed it was gone. Several hours later we had a knock on our home door. It was the security guard from Foodland. He had found the wallet, and after seeing that we didn’t come back for it. He got on his bicycle and he pedaled miles to Waiehu where we lived, getting the address from her ID. He literally rode his bicycle to return her wallet. Completely full of everything important to her including cash. Nothing was so much as moved. The security guard said his name was Aina Jose. He works at the Kahului Food Land (on Maui). Words cannot do this gentleman justice. He truly is what is right on our island and in this world.Gray
Gray Marino’s pal Greg Gaudet was inspired not only by Townsend’s selfless act but also by the young man’s story—inspired enough to set up a Go-Fund-Me page to see if folks could pull together enough money so Townsend might be able to trade in his bike for a car to make his daily commute to work.
Townsend’s good karma has thus far translated into more than $24,000 in car-worthy donations, exceeding the original funding goal of $5,000 by nearly $19,000.
For one young man in Hawaii who was only trying to do the right thing, we’re happy to report that sometimes what goes around really does come around—and around and around again. Aloha!