The Christmas rush was upon us last December and James Luna was finishing up his gift shopping on Christmas Eve after work. He works for the railroad in Victoria and stopped off at H-E-B, Subway, and Whataburger in La Vernia on his way home that night. As he was loading his purchases into his truck, he sat his “shopping wallet” on the railing of the back of his Ford F150. Someone else was waiting for his parking space, so he rushed to get into his truck and leave the space for them. The next day as he was going to make a purchase, he noticed that his black wallet was nowhere to be found.
He returned to La Vernia from his residence near Bandera Road in San Antonio to search for his wallet, but it wasn’t at any of the locations he had visited on Christmas Eve.
“I even walked along F.M. 1346, but saw no signs of it,” he said. “I said a prayer, not for the money to be returned, but that whoever found the wallet would use the money for something good, if they needed it.”
He didn’t think he would ever see the wallet or the $227 cash that was inside it again.
Fast forward to Martin Luther King day, Jan 18. The Cowsert family was participating in their Adopt-a-Highway cleanup with some friends. Kayte Cowsert found a black wallet in the ditch near the Mesquite Bean restaurant. The family took the wallet to La Vernia City Hall and turned it over to a staff member. They never heard another word about it.
The La Vernia Police Department managed to locate the wallet’s owner. He was amazed to get the wallet, his driver license, a debit card, and the cash returned to him.
We don’t always hear about the good things that teenagers do, and this story was just too good to be ignored. Just think: $227 cash would be quite a temptation to some folks, but Kayte Cowsert, a senior at La Vernia High School, knew the right thing to do.
“I always go by how my mom and dad raised me,” she said. “You know, good morals.”
Luna said he tried to contact Kayte to tell her thank you, but the phone number he had was incorrect so he was unable to make contact.
He is very grateful to Kayte!
Kayte has had a tough senior year. While playing soccer, she tore her ACL and meniscus and had to have surgery recently.
“Everything happens for a reason,” she said, displaying a good attitude.
“Walking with the crutches wears her out at school, so I got her a wheelchair,” her mom said.
Kayte said her classmates have been very helpful pushing her to all her classes.
She’ll graduate next week and is planning to attend college this fall.
We know the university she plans to attend will benefit much by having a young lady of such integrity.