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'Saint Deanie' comes through on Valentine’s Day; Good Samaritan returns $5,000

Posted at 4:09 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 05:15:01-05

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Valentine’s Day started just like any other day for Katrina “Deanie” Thomas. She reported to work at the Rural King in Maysville and began walking towards her station. Then her day changed on a dime. Actually, it turned on $5,000 worth of dimes.

“When I picked it up, it was awful heavy, and I said, ‘oh God,’” Thomas said of her finding last Friday morning.

Thomas spotted the envelope, which had been dropped by a customer, picked it up, saw it was stuffed with $5,000 in cash and immediately took it to her supervisor for safe keeping.

“Everything she does, she does 100%, so it wasn’t a shock at all that she turned it in,” Andrea Livingood, who works in the human resources department at Rural King, said of Thomas.

Thomas said she didn’t even hesitate to make her decision. She recalled a time she once lost money and benefited from the honesty of another person. She also referred to the higher power, which helped guide her towards making this choice.

“God put me (here) to return it. He was the one who directed me to give it back,” Thomas said.

Later in the day, the couple who lost all of that money came back to learn it had been recovered. You can imagine how happy they were when presented with the “heavy” envelope. They then returned to thank Thomas, presenting her with a card, candy and a bouquet of flowers.

“And a big hug,” Thomas added.

It didn’t matter that there wasn’t a financial reward of any kind. For Deanie Thomas, doing what she felt was the right thing was more than enough.

“On Valentine’s Day, they got a Valentine’s gift back,” she said.

It's all thanks to a saint of another kind, who was all heart. And happened to be in the right place at the right time.