By Lisa Redmond

MediaNews

LOWELL -- After doing some shopping at the Pheasant Lane Mall days before Thanksgiving, Joshua Aponte, his mother and her friend were walking to their car in the pouring rain when they noticed something in a puddle -- a wallet.

"I told my mom to look through it to see if there was some ID,'' said Aponte, an associate court officer in Lowell District Court.

When his mother, Candy Aponte, opened the wallet, she saw a driver's license, credit cards, social security card, paperwork for the woman's disabled daughter and about $200 in cash.

Although his mother is unemployed, Joshua Aponte said none of them ever thought of keeping the cash or using the credit cards. Instead, their concern was that wallet's owner would be frantic after realizing she had lost it.

Hoping to contact the woman before she left the mall, the Apontes tried contacting the woman's credit card company to see if it could send her an alert. But the only thing the credit card company could do was to report the card as lost or missing.

Determined to return the wallet to its rightful owners, the Apontes drove to the woman's home, which coincidentally was minutes from where the Apontes live in Lowell.

No one was home, so the family left a note saying they had a wallet and would the owner contact them.

"Within 20 minutes, she called,'' Joshua Aponte said.

The woman wasn't home because she had driven back to the mall in Nashua, N.H. to search for her wallet. When she returned home, she saw the note on her door and immediately drove to the Aponte's house.

"She was crying, but they were happy tears,'' Joshua Aponte said. "She kept hugging my mom and thanking her. The woman was so thankful.''

And for their good deed, Joshua Aponte said, "It feels good.''

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