Family Lost Priceless Memories In Donation For Charity, Found (VIDEO)

Where is the family that belongs to these irreplaceable videos? That is what Sgt. First Class Joe Lynch wanted to know after he explored his $5.00 Goodwill bargain and found some priceless tapes tucked inside of a case pocket.

Donation For Charity Yields Family Memories

Donation For Charity

Lynch explained why he bought the turn-of-the-millennium RCA video camera at the Clarksville, Ind. store,

“I take a lot of footage of my kids, but my wife she keeps on insisting insists I take a lot more.”

But when he looked at the tapes, he found a mystery family’s most precious memories. They included a toddler meeting his newborn brother for the first time. Then seven months later little brother was crawling into the screen. Come Halloween, the whole family was carving pumpkins. Lynch continued,

“I guess my mission is to find out who these tapes belong to so I can get them back to them.”

Mission To Find Family

Lynch took snapshots of the family and placed them on Facebook in hopes of discovering the missing family’s identity. There were some clues. For example, the digital tapes show the name of the Oklahoma hospital where the infant was born.

“Somebody might know who these people are, so they can contact me, so I can mail  the tapes back. That’s what I really want to do.”

Lost Family Found

And finally, Lynch’s efforts paid off. It turns out that Kit Applegate’s brother-in-law gave him the camera with the tapes still tucked away in the the case. Applegate never noticed the tapes and later donated the item to Goodwill. He said,

“My brother-in-law gave me that camera several years ago. It’s his family in those videos. He didn’t know the tapes were inside the case. And I didn’t either until we saw the WAVE 3 News story. We feel bad for not ever looking in the bag.” 

Applegate said his brother-in-law met Lynch to thank him,

“That is so awesome that this guy would go out of his way to try to find out who these people were. Most of the time the news is just full of bad stuff. So, just to see someone who wants to do some good and also see that the news took hold of it, and wanted to do something good too, just makes me feel grateful.”

I feel better – don’t you? Get out the popcorn. Let’s watch the lost family’s video here:

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Gloria Christie founded Gloria Christie Reports, a common sense column about liberal politics. She wrote for, the Kansas City Star, Where High Technology Meets Politics for London’s IDG-Connect Blog and The Best Times. Her total readership is over 5 million. Christie has an MS in radio-TV-film and an MPA in business/government relations. She was a systemic problems consulting expert for Fortune 100/500 businesses here and off-shore. Christie invented and implemented the first computerized patient chart. She also worked on Howard Dean’s, John Kerry’s, and Barak Obama’s presidential campaigns. She is particularly interested in liberal politics, high-tech, complex systems, and change. Like her Facebook page, visit her website, and follow her on Twitter.Click here to buy Gloria Christie a vodka martini.


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