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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