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N.D. mom returns wallet to set example for daughter


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FARGO, N.D. – A single mother in Fargo says she hoped to set an example for her 7-year-old daughter when she returned a wallet containing $1,000 that the two found while running errands.

Sadie Hill and her daughter, Adalee, found the wallet Monday in a parking lot. Hill said she works two jobs to make ends meet and could have used the money, but knew the right thing to do.

“The only option was to return it,” she said. “But, I called my mom and I said, ‘You know, God is really testing me today.”’

Hill and her daughter found identification in the wallet and drove to J. Pat Wigginton’s home to return it. He gave them a $20 reward but later wished he’d done more.

“Such appreciation for their honesty, and I didn’t get their name,” he said. “The mom did such a great job showing her daughter this is the right thing to do.”

Wigginton was able to reconnect with them with the help of a WDAY-TV story, and has now mailed Hill a $200 gift card for Adalee’s back-to-school shopping as she prepares for first grade.

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