The world is not entirely a bad place. Humans still possess humanity, and it is this very quality that holds the power to bring us back on track.

Drug abuse is a major issue today. It has taken hold of so many people, taking unfair advantage and clutching people in its vicious claws – not letting them leave. But there is always a way back. And we have proof from when a reformed drug addict returns money along with a letter to the person he had stolen from.

A Reddit user, stehigs321, posted a picture of a letter that a former drug addict penned out to a person he had stolen from five years back. The picture captured my heart.

When asked about the letter, the Reddit user said –

“I saw it on Facebook. A friend had either liked or commented on it and it showed in my feed. I’ve been looking for the original source ever since this blew up.”


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And this led me to search for the letter online. And I did find the person who was mentioned in the letter. Her name is Amy Christine.

Of course, the letter had such an impact on her that she couldn’t help but post the act of the stranger on her Facebook. This is how she reacted on receiving the letter:

“Wow, I am in shock right now. Years ago I had my wallet stolen while at Miller’s ale house. I had just gotten hired and was filling out all of my paperwork and later after I got home I noticed it was missing. I searched everywhere and called ale house but it was gone. Well tonight at work someone gave Kaitlyn, our hostess this envelope with this enclosed for me.

I could not believe after all this time someone would care enough to go threw the effort to find me. Stranger, I’m glad you got yourself better and thank you so much! It put a tear to my eye.”


This post was accompanied by the image of a letter that she received and cash the person had returned. Here is the letter –

drug addict returns money
Transcript for the image provided below. Source: Amy Christine


In case the image looked a little blurry, here is the transcript for the letter –

“Dear Amy,

About 5 1/2 years or so ago I did something very terrible to you, I stole your wallet out of your purse. I was a drug addict wanting to take money from whoever I could to get my next high. I didn’t even know you, I pickpocketed you and took it right out of your purse. I took the best buy card you had in it and whatever cash that was in it and threw the wallet in a trash can next to a store.

Not to long after that I landed in a treatment facility and got sober. I’ve been sober for 4 years now and just recently found your Best Buy card in a bad of old stuff, I looked up your name and found where you worked. So here I am.

I can’t imagine the frustration and despair I put you through not to mention all the time and effort looking for it and getting all new stuff. It is unforgiveable what I have done but I would like to pay you a small amount of money for it.

I will also never hurt someone in that way ever again and will continue to live an honest life.

I wish you nothing but happiness, prosperity, and good health.”


This somehow just manages to form a lump in my throat every time I read it. If this apology is not the perfect example that our ways can always be mended, and that there is always a light waiting for us, then I don’t know what is.

At times when it gets difficult to see the world as a happy place, this letter gives a hope that good can happen. And will happen. Maybe not today or tomorrow, maybe it will happen five years down the line, but change will happen.


Catch the Reddit thread here.

And the original Facebook post here.


Did the letter touch your heart just like it touched ours?

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