Tanya Chilton Staff Reporter
January 17, 2014
JONESVILLE — Calvin Bryant recently received a late birthday present and an answer to his wife’s and the community’s prayers after his wallet containing VA card and family pictures was found because of an act of kindness and tenacity.
Bryant recovering from the flu was preparing to go to work when in the process, he could not find his brown wallet.
Retracing his steps several times, Bryant and his wife Harriet searched but found no wallet containing the pictures that included his grandson, Jameire.
The Bryant family concluded it must have fallen in the recycling bin, but no one was 100 percent sure.
The family called Recycle America Waste Management of the Piedmont, and District Operations Manager Bill Weathers answered the call.
Weathers said his ears perked-up when he heard the word veteran and the sentimental nature of the contents and wanted to help.
Bryant said Harriet immediately went to work praying herself and had asked individuals in the Jonesville community to pray with them.
Weathers immediately contacted Company Site Manager Terry Finney, who located the Bryant’s route and the incoming truck containing 10,000 pounds of recycling waste headed for the landfill.
Finney said he knew finding the wallet was an “outside chance” but made the decision to isolate what he described as a “ginormous” load.
“I took a big push with the broom and started sweeping chunks for a couple of hours every day,” said Finney.
Believe it or not, he found two empty brown wallets before getting to the find. He kept going after he saw the two wallets were empty and continued to push on for an outside chance.
A week had passed when at 8 in the morning as he pushed, he spotted another brown wallet. Opening it, he found Bryant’s VA card and family photos.
Finney said, “Bingo.”
When asked why he took so much personal time for someone he did not know, he said, “Mr. Bryant is a customer.”
In the meantime, Bryant had celebrated his 60th birthday.
Hardly able to contain his excitement, Finney said he picked up the phone to contact Weathers, who said he was overwhelmed and could not wait to reach the Bryants.
When he dialed, no one answered, so Weathers left the message, “Good news it took a week, but we found it.”
The Bryant family called it a miracle and said they were so happy. Bryant said he kept telling his wife all along they were going to find it.
Harriet said, “God is good, we are so thankful they took the time, God works in mysterious ways.”
Grandson Jameire said he felt relief as soon as he heard his grandpa’s wallet had been found.
The wallet was personally returned by the Weathers and Finney on Tuesday. Bryant, in return, handed Finney an envelope, also with contents, to thank them for the time they took to find his wallet, he said.
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