When a small act of kindness means a lot more

By Lisa Jones

This guest blog is by Lisa Jones. Lisa is the mother of two from Boston. She was an early intervention teacher assistant for 14 years. Currently, she spends her time being an advocate for her daughter Allyson who is 22 and autistic.  

Photo of Alyson holding the bag she keeps her wallet in when she goes out shopping

My daughter Allyson is 22 years old, and we have started her journey into adulthood. The road has its challenges, and Allyson always seems to rise to those challenges. 

Allyson practices life skills daily, usually with a staff person. One life skill she practices is how to navigate stores to find what she needs and who are the appropriate people to ask for help if needed. 

There are always adjustments to make things easier while practicing skills, especially in the community, such as where Allyson puts her money and other needed items while in public.

Allyson used to only carry a wallet until the day she lost it and was unaware of it until the night but it was returned to her untouched, with everything intact! Today the world is filled with such concern and uncertainties it can be overwhelming at times to listen to the news.

However, every so often, you get reminded that there is still good in the world, good deeds, and good people out there that want to make a difference and touch peoples lives in a positive way; as they did for us, someone found Allyson's wallet, and it had found its way to the post office and in our mailman's hands who personally delivered her wallet to our home that night after hours so that we could rest easy. 

They had no idea it belonged to an autistic girl and how bad it could have gone if the wrong people got ahold of her wallet. Allyson now carries a bag with a place to carry her wallet, so this situation does not happen again.

Thank you so much to the people who delivered the wallet to the post office, and thank you to the wonderful mailman who personally ensured that we got that wallet back as soon as possible.


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