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Hallmark employee returns Kennewick woman's lost $3,500 cash

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A Kennewick woman was devastated when she thought she had lost a large sum of money she was saving up to buy a car. 69 year old Judy Johnson has 22 grandchildren, but for the last year, she's been having to take the bus because she couldn't afford a car.

But after saving up for some time, on Tuesday, Johnson and her four year old grandson went to make a withdrawal. "I went to Numerica to pull out some money so I could buy a car, because I've been without a car for almost a year," Johnson said.

Somewhere along the way, Johnson stopped to buy a purse at Goodwill, she then sat down on a bench next to Hallmark on Kennewick Avenue to put her things in the purse. The envelope with $3,500 in it somehow slipped out and she left without it.

"And I called every shop along that way, and no one had seen it and no one had turned it in...I was devastated because like I said that's what I was going to use to buy a car," Johnson said.

But the next day Johnson got a phone call from the manager at Hallmark, saying one of his employees found the envelope on the ground and turned it in.

"It was a substantial amount of money, we knew someone was going to miss it," said Alisha Bryans, the sales associate who found it.

Bryans and the manager even called Numerica to see if they could track down the envelope's rightful owner. She says for her it was the obvious thing to do because she once lost her purse with Christmas money for her four children.

"And I remember that feeling. And Thank God someone had turned into security and I got my money back. I just feel it's the right thing to do. Someone did it for me, so why would I not do it for someone else," Bryans said.

She says Johnson's reaction was priceless. "She gave me a huge hug, she started crying, it was emotional, it was awesome, I'd do it again in a heart beat," Bryans said.