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After Losing Wallet in Chaotic Parade Shooting, Woman Finds Stranger’s Kind Note in Mailbox


Anshoo Kamal was just one of the many people that packed into downtown Toronto to celebrate the Raptors’ historic win over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals.

Over one million people attended the festivities held on June 17, CNN reported, which included a parade showcasing the team, a public appearance from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a ceremony honoring the team with a Key to the City.

The joyful celebration in Nathan Phillips Square was tarnished when gunfire rang out nearby. Four people were wounded — with non-life threatening injuries, thankfully — and three people were arrested in connection to the shooting, CNN reported.

Kamal, who had been watching the parade, realized that sometime during the day’s chaotic string of events, she had dropped her wallet.

“I didn’t hear the shooting happen,” she said, according to Best Life Online. “I just saw people running towards me and I started running with them. I think [my ID and credit card were] in the back pocket of my pants. When the stampede happened, I just started running and I guess it fell out.”

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“I was thinking that if someone came across my belongings that they would just throw it in the mailbox, because that’s what I would do,” she added. “It was sweet that this person took the time to write a letter and was concerned about my safety.”

Kamal’s sister-in-law, Sarbjit Kaur, shared the sweet note attached to Kamal’s returned items:

“Hey Anshoo, My name is Oksana,” the note read. “I found your ID and credit card at Nathan Phillips Square during the parade. I hope you are okay and were not hurt during the shooting. Hope you had a great time. Go Raptors Go! All the best.”

Kaur told CTV News she decided to post the note online, “because I just thought the note was so sweet that Oksana attached.”

Other people liked the note too — so much, that they began responding to Kaur’s tweet with ways strangers had shown them kindness in their own lives.

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Many wrote with stories about lost and returned backpacks, phones and wallets, with the money still intact.

“Wife took off with wallet on top of car at a gas station. Man that found it personally delivered it to our door and refused a reward. Cash and cards were all there!” one Twitter user wrote.

“Amazing! This is Canada for me,” wrote Ash Patil. “I lost my precious wedding ring a year ago, while hiking in Banff NP and 2 days later found it in the lost & found, someone had returned it!!!!”

The surge of positive short stories has been an encouraging reminder that in a world marred by sorrow, many people do choose to do the right thing, even for a complete stranger.

“It seems that this happens more often than we think and sometimes we don’t feel like we live in a society where people will go out of their way,” Kaur told CTV.

Kaur has encouraged people to continue sharing their stories of kindness because reading them is edifying to us all.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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