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Reward William Garrison's Honesty

William Garrison, 11 years old, found $300 in cash at a Virginia Walmart store last month, but instead of pocketing the money, he did the right thing – he turned the money over to a Walmart employee.  

“It made me feel nice and good because some people wouldn't have said anything,” the 11-year-old said.
Garrison, who has special needs, shared his story of what happened during his memorable trip to the store in Manassas with his classmates at Mayfield Intermediate School.

“I am so hard on them to do the right thing,” said Garrison’s mother, Natalie Pitkin. “You find something, you find out who owns it, it's just doing the right thing.”
“If no one claims it, they give it to families that are in need for Christmas, which would be us,” said Pitkin, who has four children. “That was a big lump sum of money. That could have been a bill or a family member kid's Christmas.”  “The lesson is do the right thing -- even if it hurts, and it hurt,” Pitkins said laughingly.

After William Garrison gave the money to the worker, Walmart called police but the police refused to accept the money since it wasn’t reported as stolen.   Nearly one month later, no one had claimed the cash so  
Walmart donated the $300 to Children’s Miracle Network and gave Garrison a $40 Walmart gift card.

Lets show William that "good deeds" really do count!!!  William's mother,  who taught him that doing the "right thing" really does matter, is a single, disabled, mother of 4, barely making ends meet.  We can't help everyone, but we can certainly make William's family's holidays a little bit brighter and, as a bonus we can show him that doing the right thing, really does pay-off in the end.  

Give whatever you can, and, if you can't give, just leave an encouraging word for William and his family.  There really is some good in this World.


  • John Dudash
    • $50 
    • 8 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Sharon Guthrie
Alexandria, VA
Natalie Pitkin

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