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Everyone gets excited about finding money. I mean seriously, how great is it when you spot a $20 bill on the street?
But what if you found a large sum of money? Would you turn it in?
For young Abbie Jacobson, it wasn't even a question.When the 8-year-old found a little green silk pouch containing $4,000 in cash, she didn't hesitate to turn the money into the police. The only identification was a bank card with the name Ra Rim on it.
Luckily, the police were able to trace the money to an elderly Cambodian immigrant who had been saving the money up for a trip home to visit her family. Because of the corruption in her country, she was in the habit of carrying her cash around with her. Rim told the New York Daily News that without the money, she wouldn’t have been able to return to her family.
The little girl definitely saved the day. “It never crossed her mind to keep it,” said her mom, Jennifer Jacobson. “We always taught our kids, ‘whatever is in your heart, you do the right thing.’”
(Abbie and Ra Rim)
And in this case, one happy ending led to another. The Jacobson family had been going through some tough times - Abbie's father had recently suffered a heart attack, and Abbie herself suffers from severe asthma that requires extensive treatment.
But when the story of her heroism got out, the head of the Bank of Maine offered to get the whole family to a Justin Bieber contest. Abbie, who is a huge fan of the The Biebs, was absolutely delighted.
"She's humble, but I know that inside she's beaming," her mom told reporters.