Malachy and Julie Canning.
A good Samaritan who handed in a handbag he found that contained over €3,000 in cash belonging to a Letterkenny family, has come forward but wishes to remain anonymous.
Owner of Gourmet Foods on Oldtown Road, Malachy Canning, said he was delighted to hear from the man who located his wife’s handbag that contained the money that was to be used to pay for their son’s college accommodation.
He said in true good Samaritan style the man did not wish to take any credit for his honourable act and also does not wish to be named publicly.
Malachy had pledged to give whoever handed in the bag to the Aldi shop where it was lost, a full Christmas dinner, and the man has asked that the reward offer be donated to Cara House in Letterkenny ahead of Christmas.
He said he got a phone call from the man who outlined how he encountered the bag and how it was taken into care by the Aldi store staff until it was safely returned.
Malachy added that he and his wife Julie would still like to meet the man personally to thank him in person.
“The man got in touch but he did not want to get any recognition for his kind act but said he would be pleased if I gave a nice Christmas hamper to Cara House. I’ve been on to them and they are more than delighted with that,” Malachy stated.
“I was delighted when he rang,” he added.
Malachy said he was unsure if his shop would have survived the loss but with the kind hearted strangers selfless act it is business as usual at his fresh and frozen food business.