A Golden Valley, Minnesota, UPS Store owner, Randy Holst, spent four years with a missing package. The sender and recipient both had moved. The huge box ended up back with him.
For four years, Randy messaged strangers on Facebook, people he thought might be relatives, really anyone who could help. It was during year two that he decided to open the box to see if there were any clues.
“When it came back to us, we tried to find the sender of the package, that number had been disconnected,” he recalled.
Finally, Randy sent a Facebook message to the right person. Tim Burchell, who lives in Florida, was stunned when he received the note about the mixing box. His step-sister had sent it to the wrong address. The entire time she just assumed he had gotten the box.
“I was just flabbergasted. My mouth hit the floor,” said Tim. “Just a ton of stuff was inside it. Things I’d never saw before.”
There were photos of his father who died over 30 years ago, poems his dad wrote to his step mother, and artifacts from his career in the Navy. Most importantly, there was the flag and dog tags from his funeral service.
“One letter was from Ronald Reagan for service in the Navy and the other was from Richard Nixon for service too,” Tim said. “It was just overwhelming.”
The missing box was more than a package it was a son’s connection to his father’s past, parts of which he had never known existed.
“It’s what everybody should be. He’s exactly what everyone should be,” Tim said of Randy.
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