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Pooh comes home

Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 3 Comments

Sarah's new bag was foundWhen families travel long distances on the highway, favorite toys or belongings packed from home can mean the difference between a contented child and an unhappy one. Most every parent can identify with the cliché “Are we there yet?” However, when those same beloved items are lost or left behind in public places like rest areas, the probability of their return by strangers is very slim.

Luckily, for travelers Angela and her eight year old daughter Sarah, a lost Winnie the Pooh messenger bag found its way back to the young girl’s arms.

OTE’s receptionist Sarah Flores explains how the serendipitous homecoming took place.

“I got a call from Angela just after the Christmas holiday,” said Flores. “She was trying to locate her daughter’s messenger bag that had been left in a restroom stall at our Baldock rest area.

“Following OTE’s normal procedure for lost or found items, I phoned our Baldock team to see if they had found the bag. Unfortunately, no one had turned it in. I called Angela back with the not so good news; and to make matters worse, she said the bag held some of Sarah’s Christmas gifts and money. I felt really bad for them.”

A thank you from a little girlThree weeks later, Flores was scrolling through Craig’s list on her day off when she spotted something familiar in the ‘found’ section.

“I still check ads for my parrot Edgar. He escaped by accident a few months ago, and I still haven’t given up hope that someone might find him. While reading the lost and found section, I happened to notice an ad titled ‘Found – little girl’s bag – Location: Baldock Rest Area.’ I must admit I got pretty excited. I read the description and thought to myself, ‘I know just whose bag this is!’”

Flores emailed the finder and explained that she could help return the bag to its owner. The ad’s poster, Krystina, promptly emailed Flores back.

“Krystina said that she was delighted the bag was going back into the little girl’s hands,” said Flores. “It was only a short time later that Sarah received the bag and all its holiday contents in the mail.”

Flores was especially pleased to receive a handwritten thank-you note from Sarah.  “I want to thank you so much for helping me get my Christmas presents back. Thank you so much very very very much,” the young girl wrote.

Now that Flores helped two strangers connect, we’re secretly hoping that another compassionate stranger will find Edgar, and return him to his rightful place.


Story idea submitted by Sarah Flores.




- Comment left on: January 29th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I can’t explain how amazing this is and how great it makes me feel. It is a great feeling knowing she got her Christmas present back. It’s just about un heard of. I am so grateful to be part of this experience.Thank you again for the picture and the letter. I am happy knowing Sarah is a happy little girl.


- Comment left on: January 29th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Sounds like it was all meant to be!

Joleen Odens

- Comment left on: January 30th, 2013 at 10:45 am

Great job Sarah!!

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