Naalehu, Hi. – Last year elementary school student Aliyah found a $10.00 bill in Union 76 Wiki-Wiki Mart; it was on the floor in front of the sales counter. Knowing somebody lost money she shared her story with Peter, her bus driver, who turned it over to the store’s lost and found. Since nobody claimed it we had to find Aliyah during school break.
A Facebook post looking for Aliyah was initiated. YAY, we found Aliyah! “Liking” the story other people donated to Aliyah to reward her for her integrity and honesty, including a California Judge who has been on the bench for 27 years. Aliyah was presented with the $10 bill plus $161.00.”Honesty Pays”.
In today’s society it seems people are losing their honesty and integrity; our children are seeing horrific news on TV and portable social media devices. Children are seeing too much about presidential candidates accused of lying or cheating. What kinds of impression are we leaving for our children who will lead our communities and country’s future. We all can help by encouraging and promoting honesty and integrity… let’s make a country of honest children.
Thank you to Aliyah’s parents Pastor Troy and Heather Gacayan; we were pleasantly surprised that Aliyah’s parents are the senior pastor at River of Life Church in Pahala. Peter Serfin, Bus Driver, works for the Volcano School of Arts and Science; Peter is the former Editor of Orchid Isle Magazine, he enjoys helping children.
Last year elementary school student Aliyah found a $10.00 bill at Union 76 Wiki-Wiki Mart in front of the candy counter in Na’alehu, Hawaii. Knowing somebody lost money she gave it to Peter her bus driver who turned it over to the store’s lost and found. Since nobody claimed it we had to find Aliyah. A Facebook post looking for a Aliyah was initiated. We found her and we’ll be returning the $10 bill to Aliyah. A couple other people have donated to Aliyah to reward her for her integrity and honesty, including a California Judge whose been on the bench for 27 years. Honesty pays. All monies raised will be given to Aliyah.
In today’s society many times it seems we are losing our honesty and integrity. When our children watch the news, what kinds of impression are we leaving for our children who will lead our community’s future. With your help we can encourage more Aliyahs. Hopefully with a successful fundraising campaign and a news story can all help shape our future. #startsathome.
Please help and donate $5, $10, $25, or more; it’s very much appreciated. Help build honesty in our community.
Before driving out of Walmart’s parking lot at 6:30 am, I realized I forgot my wallet at the Customer Service Counter, yikes, all kinds of thoughts rushing through my mind. What a terrible way to start the day!
About fifteen minutes later I get a call from the person who found the wallet, he came back to Walmart’s front of store loading zone and hands the wallet to me, wow, I’m so relieved.
A parent’s actions speak louder than words.
The best thing about the avoided disaster is when the father passes the wallet to me through the truck’s window and refuses to accept a reward. Watching in the truck is his wife and their young son. What a great lesson for the son, who was just taught about resisting temptation, honesty, and service above self. I saw and felt a wonderful feeling in the son’s and wife’s heart and eyes.
Thank you Tony Freitas you’re a #gooddad. Best wishes to you, your wife, and son. Keep up your good parenting!