PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) Eight-year-old Jaron Johnson couldn't wait to return the $100 bill he found at Walmart. Just a few days after finding the bill, he got to meet the rightful owner.
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 after losing the bill. 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," he explained.
Mother Jodie Johnson, a special education teacher at an elementary school, where her son also 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," she explained.
Jaron added that it made him feel happy to know he'd helped Grice.
However, when the two met, Grice came bearing gifts of his own to show his appreciation. A $20 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.