// Woman Made The Impossible, Possible After Discovering Abandoned Gift Package At Airport

 There is an indescribable feeling associated with giving gifts. Whether it is Christmas or a birthday, we love giving and receiving. That is why a man at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport was left heartbroken after having to abandon a package he was supposed to deliver. Airport security has got extremely tight in the last decade, to the point where we can’t even carry our drink through customs. Yet, despite knowing the rules, many people forget or try their luck. After receiving an important package to be delivered, Michael was forced to abandon it and throw it in the trash by a TSA officer at security control. Bystanders watched on, noticing the man became upset and broke out in tears. Whatever could have been in that package must have been extremely special to him…

Left Heartbroken

A man was left heartbroken when security at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport forced him to throw away a gift he was carrying.

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Despite pleading to keep the package in the lost and found, the TSA officer refused and pointed to the trash where the man had to dispose of the package. This was no ordinary gift and it was clearly extremely important to the man, given his emotional reaction. As he began to cry, others looked on in sympathy…

Airport Security

For those who have ever flown anywhere, you will know how much of a hindrance it is to go through airport security.

Airport Security

While we know and appreciate it is for our safety, it feels as if the excitement of going abroad is suddenly zapped from us as we have to go through this torturous ordeal. We wait in line for what seems like hours, watching those in front of us slowly put their shoes and belts back on, while emptying every single item in their hand luggage.

No Liquids

For over a decade now, airlines have banned travelers from taking liquids on flights. People are only able to purchase liquids and gels after they cross security.

No Liquids

Despite the many benefits of this, we can’t help but feel like it is a huge burden, having to buy mini liquid toiletries and down our drinks in the line to avoid waste. This was the reason that this man was stopped on his way home. Whatever the gift was that he was carrying, it contained liquid, and more than the accepted amount. But what was it?

Watching Events Unfold

Many bystanders watched as the sad events unfolded at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, one of whom was Amarri Hernandez. She was concerned about what was happening and wondered why the man was so upset.

Watching Events Unfold

Amarri noticed that he was not getting angry with staff but instead was extremely sad, with tears rolling down his face. This made her more intrigued to know what was going on. What could possibly be in the package that was making this man so upset about getting rid of it? She decided to investigate.

Retrieving The Package

Although the man had passed through and gone on to board his flight, Hernandez and her boyfriend were still hanging around and debating how they could help this poor man.

Retrieving The Package

While Amarri was waiting to board her flight back home to Pittsburgh, her boyfriend saw how affected his girlfriend was and decided to fish out the package from the trash. Knowing that the only reason it was not allowed was due to it being a liquid, the couple retrieved the package and Hernandez’s boyfriend took it home with him…

Sharing On Social Media

Hernandez was determined to give the package back to its rightful owner and took to social media to share the story. On her Facebook post, she wrote:

Sharing On Social Media

“We felt bad about the situation and want to find out who these people are so we can return their gift out of the kindness of our hearts, we wouldn’t want this to happen to us so if everybody could please share this photo so we can find the owners.”

Speaking To Reporters

The post gained national interest and reporters wanted to know more. She told them that she could see the man’s tears and decided that instead of unhappy tears, she wanted to make them turn into happy tears.

Speaking To Reporters

She decided to put more effort into finding the owner’s package and pay it forward. She shared details of the gift and included pictures. But what exactly was this important gift and why was the man so distraught to discard it?

The Important Package

When Amarri had returned from her trip she opened the package to reveal a snow globe which has been personalized. She shared the image of the snow globe on her social media post, hoping that someone would recognize it.

The Important Package

An employee from a local business spotted the post and she believed it had been made in one of the company’s stores. Despite traveling across the world, this personalized gift making company, Things Remembered, reckoned they were the makers.

A Closer Look

Hernandez and her boyfriend took a closer look at the snow globe and saw that there were two photos in the middle of it.

A Closer Look

One of the pictures was of a slightly elderly couple and the other was of a little girl with a dog. This gift had clearly been personalized and must have had plenty of sentimental value. Hernandez and her boyfriend began doing all they could to find whoever the elderly couple was in the photograph.

The Finer Details

At the base of the snow globe was an engraved message that said, “We love you Katie,” followed by “Nana and Papa.” It also included the date 1.25.16 below.

The Finer Details

Putting things together, Hernandez realized that this was not an ordinary snow globe and perhaps the man who was attempting to board the flight with it was meant to give it to this little girl, Katie. Surely if the TSA agent had seen the message he would not have been so ruthless when he asked the man to “put it in file 13.”

Paying It Forward

Hernandez’s Facebook post was going viral. She received over 7,000 comments and the post was shared over 50,000 times in just a week. She wanted to let the world share her message to help track down the people in the pictures.

Paying It Forward

Somewhere out there was a girl who was missing a snow globe from her nana and papa. She included the engraved inscription to the details, hoping to knock into people’s kind natures and rack down the owners of the gift.

Tracking Down The Owners

When the employee at Things Remembered noticed the picture and detail, she was convinced it was an item that they produced. She forwarded the information to the headquarters.

Tracking Down The Owners

Employees at the company’s Ohio headquarters and the St. Petersburg store searched through company records and were able to identify a person who ordered the snow globe. The name was listed as Linda Modry and the company provided Hernandez with her contact details. It was not until they spoke that she realized how special the gift was…

The Gift’s Journey

Hernandez and her boyfriend discovered what the owners of the package looked like from the photo in the snow globe, but now they had their information too.

The Gift’s Journey

The people who bought the parcel were Bill and Linda Modry. They gave it to their son, Michael, to take home with him on his flight. He had been visiting his parents in Florida. But the question still remained – why was it so special to Michael that it led him to tears?

Helping A Little Girl

Seeing the picture of the little girl with her dog made everything seem that bit more real to Hernandez. Out there somewhere was a little girl named Katie who she could not disappoint.

Helping A Little Girl

Hernandez was not going to give up. She had to return the globe to its rightful owner, wherever in the world that was. She picked up the phone to try and get hold of Linda Modry and became emotional when she realized why this gift so special.

Random Acts Of Kindess

Amarri Hernandez’s act of kindness at the airport is not the only story where people expressed true kindness to others, without it benefitting themselves.

Random Acts Of Kindess

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo was only 20 years old when he was killed in the Orlando nightclub shooting back in 2016. After the tragic event, his elderly grandmother flew back to Orlando to be with her family. She was traveling alone on the JetBlue flight when two flight attendants, Kelly and Melinda, had an idea…

Notes OnBoard

They decided to pass a note around to the flight’s other passengers and have them sign it as a way of showing their support. They carried out their plan, but while the note was going around, they discovered people were writing entire paragraphs.

Notes OnBoard

It reached a point that they were almost running out of paper, but eventually, everyone wrote a small message for the grieving grandmother. When the flight landed, every single passenger comforted her as they disembarked from the plane.

Made The Impossible, Possible

Hernandez succeeded in what she thought would be impossible. She had tracked down Katie’s grandparents and arranged for them to collect the package personally.

Made The Impossible, Possible

Linda and Bill were absolutely shocked to discover their snow globe was not gone for good since being left in the airport trash. They were over the moon, and in return, Hernandez was greeted by a large bunch of flowers to say thank you for everything. This snow globe really must have been something special. But why?

The Extra Mile

Hernandez was so surprised to receive the flowers that she became speechless. She never wished to gain anything out of the deed and simply just wanted to help someone who she thought was in need, hoping someone would do the same for her.

The Extra Mile

She had removed something from trash that could have been just that – trash – and ensured it was kept safe until she could find where it was supposed to go. This is definitely an example of going the extra mile.

Exceptional People

The entire family was so touched by the kindness of a stranger and the struggle she went through to find the owners of something as small and inexpensive as a snow globe.

Exceptional People

“She’s just amazing,” Linda said about Amarri, “People are basically really good, and she’s just exceptional.” But Amarri just insisted she was doing the right thing, “My mom raised us to always be good to people,” she said, “I would want the same thing to happen to me.” She then found out why the gift it was so special.

Something Special

“This was something very special,” Linda revealed, “It was for my granddaughter Katie because my son adopted her.” She said that her granddaughter was devastated when her dad couldn’t bring the snowglobe to her in Ohio.

Something Special

Now, Linda can’t stop thanking Amarri for her kind actions. Finally, Linda and her husband were able to gift their granddaughter the gift. The proud grandmother went on to explain why it was so important that her adopted granddaughter would receive the gift.

January 25

Hernandez found out that Katie had been adopted on January 25, and her grandparents had bought the globe to send to her on the same date to remember that special day and show Katie she was always in their hearts.

January 25

This gift unquestionably had much sentimental value to her and all the family. The moment the globe was returned to its owner was captured by a local news crew. Linda said it was a good job it was raining as there was not a dry eye between the two ladies.

Happy Tears

The snow globe owners, Linda and Bill, were not the only ones relieved to have discovered the snow globe was in safe hands.

Happy Tears

After checking in the box that it really was the snow globe she purchased, Linda called her son, Michael, to let him know the good news. He was also overjoyed and blown away by the incredible act of kindness from Hernandez. Finally, he was able to cry happy tears rather than sad ones like Hernandez originally hoped.

The Power Of The Internet

Finally, the globe was delivered to little Katie and she was delighted. But this heartwarming story would not have been possible without the help of the internet.

The Power Of The Internet

Although she had many followers, it was the help of those who shared it that allowed her plea to spread. Hernandez and the two flight attendants have proved to the world that people do care about others and will try and make them happy, even by attempting what seems like the impossible.

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