PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - 8-year-old Jaron Johnson couldn't wait to return the hundred dollar bill he found at Walmart last Friday. He got to meet the rightful owner on Monday.
James Grice (86) and Jaron Johnson (8). on Friday, Jaron found $100 at the Pineville Walmart that belonged to James. In return, James gave the boy some money and said he could stop by his house to get fresh tomatoes whenever he wants. (KALB)
"I gave it to my mom and then the next day when we woke up I reminded her to call Walmart to see if anyone reported it," explained Johnson.
The bill had fallen out of the wallet of 86 year-old James Grice of Georgetown. He lives on a fixed income and wasn't able to buy his groceries that day. Grice said he didn't expect to see his money again.
"When I walked outside of the store I said lord let somebody that really needs that money, find it. When I turn things over to the Lord, I don't fool with it anymore."
Mother Jodie Johnson, a special education teacher at Tioga Elementary School, where attends, said it was a teachable moment.
"We talked about it on the way home, you know, people work hard for their money. I was immediately proud of him. He's a great kid, he has amazing character. He does the right thing even when no one is looking."
Jaron added that it made him feel happy to know he'd helped Mr. Grice.
However, when the two met on Monday, Grice came bearing gifts of his own to show his appreciation. A twenty dollar bill and the promise of fresh tomatoes, which just so happen to be Jaron's favorite.
"That child right there, he's 100 percent to me," said Grice.