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Mall employee helps restore Sulphur family's faith in humanity

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Patricia's coin purse after her husband picked it up from JCPenney (Source: Russell Peveto) Patricia's coin purse after her husband picked it up from JCPenney (Source: Russell Peveto)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

It's uncommon for the Pevetos to head to the Prien Lake Mall to do some shopping. But a few Saturdays ago, Patricia Peveto found herself at the mall in at JCPenney.

Peveto was looking for a dress that she would wear to a church function in March. As she searched through the racks filled with dresses, she didn't notice that she had dropped her coin purse which contained the money she had for the dress - a total of $126.29.

"Like everyone, we live on a budget," said her husband, Russell Peveto, who can still recall the call he received from his wife that day after she realized the coin purse was missing. 

"My wife came home literally in tears, heartbroken over the mistake she had made," he said. "I told her we would absorb the loss and she would have a new dress one way or another."

Russell said he called the retail store in hopes that someone had returned the coin purse and to his surprise, they had. Russell said his wife received a phone call the next day, while in church.

"We were in church (and) as service was ending her phone rang. It was JCPenney; her coin purse had been found by an employee and turned in with all of the money in it," Russell said.

The following morning, Russell went to JCPenney around 9 a.m., before the the department store opened, to pick up his wife's coin purse. When Russell asked who had found it, the JCPenney employee said, "Pam" another employee who had found it during her final work day at JCPenney.

"I would like to find Pam and tell her thank you," said Peveto who was very thankful to find all of his wife's belongings in the coin purse. 

A total of $126.29, along with a Wendy's receipt for a small order of chili and a Diet Coke and her Maplewood Branch Library card. 

They went back to JCPenney to find a dress. 

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