Donnie Foster had Christmas come a bit early this year, via a used car. That’s not an exaggeration; his gift was literally found in an abandoned vehicle.
As detailed in this terrific, heartwarming story from the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Foster was a member of the 2002 Heritage, Va, state title football team. Like the rest of the team, he received an honorary title ring, which he then lost somewhere while attending Liberty University and competing for the Flames. It was long gone, out of sight and out of mind … for 11 years.
That’s when, out of the blue, Foster received a visitor at Liberty, where the now 29-year-old Foster works. The man was Harlow Reynolds, who brought a Heritage state title ring that was discovered in an abandoned car at Kerr Tire & Automotive. He asked Foster a series of questions, determined that he was indeed the deserved owner of the ring, and handed it over.
The rest was a scene out of a Hallmark Channel movie.
“I handed him the ring and tears came into his eyes,” Reynolds told the Free Lance-Star. “He was tickled to death.”
“I think I’ll put it in a safe,” Foster added to the newspaper. “But I won’t be wearing around anymore. I learned from my mistakes.”
Good thing he did, too: Santa doesn’t go digging through abandoned cars every year.