Goodwill Stores often have to sift through a variety of strange donations, but on May 26th, the received something that is far from normal.
Often they get “knickknacks, different clothes, little bits and pieces of jewelry,” but their most recent delivery takes the cake.
A small bottle was donated with the words “Dad’s ashes” written across the front of the bottle. The bottle also had the name “Missy” written across it as well.
An employee posted the bottle on Facebook with details on the where and when of the delivery as well as her phone number.
The employee, Jessica Cranford believes that ashes belong with family, not in a donation bin, so she took the ashes home. She is hoping to find the relative these ashes belong to.
So far, she has had no luck, but 3,000 people have shared the story on Facebook and she says “I’m not going to stop trying.”
“We will keep them in the hopes that somebody contacts us and knows the person or is the family,” said Jaymie Eichorn, vice president of marketing and communications for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina.
The remains are being kept at Goodwill’s corporate office. Eichorn had the ashes examined at a cremation service. “They did say in their expert opinion that they thought they were human remains,” Eichorn said. Oddly enough, Eichorn says they’ve found ashes before. “Over 15 years, we’ve probably have had this happen three times,” she said. But this time, Cranford says she wants to make sure the ashes make it back home.