Thanks goodness for the Boy Scouts

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I am writing to say a public thank-you to the scouts and leaders of River Forest Troop 65 for the good deed they did for me. I was visiting Oak Park from the United Kingdom for the funeral of my mother. On the final day of my visit, I stopped by the Jewel/Osco on Lake Street in River Forest to pick up some treats to bring to my children back in the UK. 

Before I entered the store, I noticed that the Scouts had a flag stall outside, and I decided to visit on my way out to buy a flag for each of my British-American children. When I stopped by to make my purchase, I had a friendly chat with the scout and the leader on duty and took a picture of the scout selling flags to show to my son, who is a scout in England. 

Shortly after I returned to my sister's house, she received a call from Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral home, who had made the arrangements for my mother's funeral, saying that I had left my wallet at the Scouts' stall and could return to pick it up. I was unaware that I was missing my wallet, which had all of my cash and cards in it. It would have been a disaster if I had discovered my loss even an hour later, as I was about to go to O'Hare to catch my flight home. 

It was lucky I left my wallet with the Boy Scouts! Rather than just turn it into the lost and found at the store, they realized I was about to leave on a journey and needed it back right away! They put together the clues from our conversation and the receipts and identification that were in my wallet and managed to reunite me with it in less than an hour — before I even realized that it was missing! 

They truly live the Boy Scout Law and the Scout Slogan, which is "Do a good turn daily!" In true scout fashion, they refused a reward for their good deed. 

My heartfelt thanks to Scoutmaster Michael Harkins and Scout David Synder and all of the other members of River Forest Troop 65.

Thomas Heidkamp 

Thame, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 

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