40 Years Later Louisiana Thief Returns Stolen Items
We all make mistakes. Most of us have made our worst mistakes while we were younger. Very few of us take the time later in life to correct those mistakes, no matter how small they are in the grand scheme of things. Such was the case of an anonymous individual who once worked as a teenager at the LSU AgCenter office in Minden.
This a copy of a letter that was left with a coffee container full of pens, pencils, and highlighters that was sent to LSU AgCenter office in Minden. Joan Almond posted this on her personal Facebook page along with the caption, "Just in case you have lost faith in mankind ..."
The letter describes the actions of a teenage office worker from sometime back in the 1970's. According to the letter the teenage worker took pencils, pens, and other office supplies from the AgCenter office because of their family's financial situation.
The fact that we were poor was/is no excuse for my behavior and it has haunted me since that day.
That passage from the letter sums up the change of heart and the angst this individual has felt for years. But not only did the "thief" make amends for their crime, they attempted to make it right by offering a donation of supplies that was tenfold more than the items they pilfered.
I am sending ten-fold what was taken, and I asked your forgiveness. God has done so long ago, but He reminds me that after confession comes repentance, and repentance must come with restitution if possible.
The letter that accompanied the supplies was signed "Forgiven and Free". The office supplies, school supplies, were donated to families in need in the Minden area.