Store owners rescue family’s stolen photos

Recently, our house was broken into. Among the items the thieves took were two boxes containing old family photos and letters. Losing those items was more devastating than the stuff considered “valuable.” Some of the papers and photos dated back to the 1800s. Evidence of our family history was gone in an instant at the hands of those we know didn’t care at all.

The next day, you can imagine our elation when we received a voicemail from a gentleman “at a business on the corner of 26th and Colby,” telling us they had discovered these boxes in their Dumpster! Searching through the items, they had determined that these might be valuable to someone. They found an old business card from Cascade Bank, looked our name up in the phone book, and made the call to us. As businesses were closed when we received the voicemail, that evening we went Dumpster-diving to discover 20 or so more items that had fallen out of the boxes. The following morning we met with the Stiger family at Abbey Carpets in downtown Everett and they restored to us what was valuable beyond measure.

No words can describe our relief, and our thankfulness. We are ever grateful for the honesty, integrity and thoughtfulness displayed by the Stigers. While burglaries and such will continue to occur, it’s nice to stop and remember that we live in a community filled with people who look out for each other. Hopefully, we can pay this same kindness forward in the future.

Jim and Renee Angell


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