A 10-year-old boy found an opened package which had been tossed on the street in Friendship Heights. News4's Shomari Stone spoke with the boy, who will be returning the package, and the baby gift inside, to its rightful owner.
A holiday package sent from California to Washington, D.C., that was intercepted by thieves will be under the right tree in time for Christmas thanks to the determination of a 10-year-old boy.
Teddy and his mom picked up the package after finding it tossed on a northwest D.C. sidewalk Sunday. Inside the opened box was a gift for a child.
"We had to bring this home. This is obviously a Christmas present for an infant," Teddy told News4's Shomari Stone.
The package's tracking number was gone, as was any information that would've easily led them to the sender or recipient. The only clue for Teddy was on a piece of torn wrapping paper -- a gift tag that read: "To: Bianca, From: Aunt Myrlys".
Teddy recalled thinking, "This is a very unusual name, so there has to be someway we can track back who this is."
And there was.
Teddy and his mom posted what happened and the names "Bianca" and "Myrlys" on their neighborhood LISTSERV. Three hours later, someone recognized the names and put the family in touch with Teddy.
"I was just so awestruck," Teddy said.
And so was Bianca's mother Alisa.
"I am incredibly grateful. Not only for his quick thinking, but his generosity," she said.
Teddy will deliver Bianca's gift Thursday. The entire experience has given the 10-year-old a new perspective on the joy the holiday season can bring.
"I think that we all say we like the feeling when we receive, but I think it's a better feeling when you give someone something," he said.