PALMER — Whether it’s using a metal detector or going through nickels looking for rare coins, Douglas Cruthers spends his free time looking for lost treasures.
But the Palmer man recently had a find come to him, KTUU reported.
Cruthers went to the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union in Palmer to pick up some nickels in search of a find. When he was leaving the credit union, he found a sealed envelope on the ground beside his pickup.
Assuming it was trash he picked it up and threw it inside his vehicle before taking off.
Later that day, while waiting for an appointment, he took a closer look at the envelope and found 15 crisp, new $100 bills.
He said his reaction is the same when he finds that rare coin or a hidden treasure unearthed by a metal detector: “I think about who lost it and what kind of impact it had on their life at the time,” Cruthers said.
He assumed the cash was someone’s lost Christmas or rent money, so he returned it to a teller at the credit union.
The teller said a woman had been looking for money she had lost earlier that day. Cruthers dropped off the money, and went on his way.
Later, the woman who had lost the money contacted him. She wanted to thank him in person.
She gave Cruthers a thank you card and a tin full of oatmeal drop cookies and candies.
He said what really touched him was what happened next.
“My wife was sitting in the passenger’s seat, and she said, ‘you have a really good man here,’” he said. “It made me feel prideful and humbled at the same time.”