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Fourth graders 'do the right thing' and return woman's purse three years after it was stolen

The two Nebraska boys returning a purse.
The two Nebraska boys returning a purse.

A Nebraska woman’s faith in humanity has been restored following an act of kindness by a group of school-aged kids who helped find a purse stolen from her three years ago.

The fourth graders, Eli Rempe and Yarpe, hand-delivered their find to Mallory Pittman-Morris’ front door on Sunday afternoon, according to an NBC News affiliate in Nebraska .

The boys said they want everyone to remember to do the right thing and be kind to your neighbours.

That day, Sam and Eli, along with four other friends, were playing near a creek at the Papillion Soccer Fields when they found something unexpected.

“So we went down there and there’s a little river that we thought was cool so we walked around and we found a purse,” Eli said.

The purse belonged to Pittman-Morris.

She said three years ago she was watching her son play soccer when someone broke her window and made off with her purse.

“I was just pretty much worried that someone had my identity or was going to use my cards. Luckily, I didn’t have any cash or anything in there but it’s kind of unsettling knowing someone has your stuff,” she recalled.

The creek where the boys were playing is a short distance from where the purse snatching took place.

When the boys discovered the purse, it was filled with dirty, old credit and gift cards, but knew Pittman-Morris would need back.

“It’s a nice deed. We felt like because she lost all that stuff and it was really important. And my mom says normally it’s a pain to replace credit cards and stuff because she had a lot of cards in there,” the boys said.

Sam and Eli personally delivered the belongings back to Pittman-Morris after a parent helped to find her on Facebook.

“I never thought I was going to see those things again. I told them this stuff has been missing for three years and you could just tell they were glowing with excitement to have found something like that,” she said.

It’s a lesson in kindness and always doing the right thing.

“Return it and do the right thing and not do the wrong thing,” the boys said.

“It just restored my faith in humanity, that there’s still good people out there,” Pittman-Morris said.

She gave the boys candy as a reward for doing the right thing.

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