Typical Goodwill finds tend to include incomplete board game sets and button-down shirts that were last fashionable in 1970, but a recent discovery goes way further back than that--centuries back, in fact.
According to NBC affiliate KUSA, workers at a Denver Goodwill found an 1812 bible in their donation warehouse. Originally published in England, it made a circuitous journey across continents and centuries--and now it's being returned to a descendant of its original owner.
Believe it or not, this sort of thing happens every so often. The Goodwill employees found an inscription inside the book, which read, "Wm Burbidge, Long Bucky, Northhamptonshire, born May 20th 1812, Died August 9th 1882." Another inscription described a family member who died in 1932.
Joyce Schlose, the company's Chief People Officer, heard about the find from Goodwill's CEO. A genealogy buff, she decided to try to track down the family of the original owners--if they were still around.
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They were. Researching online, Schlose traced the bible to a descendant of the Burbidge family in London, who then pointed her to his brother, Roy Evans of Denville, New Jersey.
"Our great, great grandfather was the nephew of William Burbidge, born in 1812," Evans, who couldn't say how the bible ended up at a Colorado Goodwill, told KUSA. "I intend to take good care of it for future generations."
So the next time you lose something and have no idea where it went, just think about the fact that it could be halfway to a Goodwill in Denver by now. But don't worry--they'll give it back.
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