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Girl finds $1,000 at Salvation Army

Oct. 30, 2008 at 5:33 PM

HONOLULU, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The parents of an 11-year-old Kona, Hawaii, girl who found $1,000 hidden inside a used video at a Salvation Army store said the girl turned in the money.

Terry Mercier said his daughter, Mikela, was checking for mold on an exercise tape featuring fitness guru Richard Simmons at the store when she discovered $1,000 in $100 bills hidden in the video's cardboard jacket, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported Thursday.

"Only Mikela would open a Richard Simmons video," Terry Mercier said.

Mikela Mercier said discovering the money gave her "chicken skin."

"When I discovered the money, I immediately looked for my mom, who was inside the dressing room, and I told her, 'We've got to give it to the man,'" she told Salvation Army bosses.

Store manager Jimmy Thennes praised the young girl for her honesty,

"It's truly remarkable how a young girl like Mikela instinctively knew the right thing to do. I truly admire her honesty," Thennes said.

Terry Mercier said his daughter "is happy to know (the money is) going to a fund to help needy people at Christmas."

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