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Nicole Phillips, Published February 22 2013

Kindness is Contagious: Owner sought for mystery photo

Every time I look at my kids, I wonder how they got so big so fast. I’ve started to cherish photos that made me want to scream when they were taken. You know, the ones with the goofy smile or the tongue sticking out at the camera? All of a sudden, my little people are becoming big people, and I’m so very grateful to have memories of those days forever captured in a picture.

I recently received an email from a woman who has been carrying on an act of kindness for years. Seven years, in fact. That was when she found a camera memory card lying in a parking lot. She thinks it’s time to return the photos to their rightful owner. Can you help her?

“Hi Nicole,

“When I first moved to Fargo to attend college, I worked at the Menards store in West Fargo. One day while walking into work, I found a memory card lying in the parking lot. I picked it up and tossed it into the lost and found when I got inside.

“Store policy allowed an item to stay in the lost and found for about 90 days, and anything that wasn’t claimed after that time period was either tossed or donated. I happened to be the person working the closing shift one day when it came time to sort the box, and I noticed the memory card I had found was still in there. Thinking the pictures on the card may help identify the owner, I took it home and stuck it in my camera.

“The card contained pictures from a baby shower, the hospital and possibly a birthday. I placed three “Found” ads in The Forum over the next few months, and even tried using local online classifieds and Craigslist in hopes of reuniting the card with its owner.

“The card is old, and only has 128 MB of capacity. It would hardly fit half of a picture from today’s digital cameras, but I can’t bring myself to throw it away. I hate to think that the images on this memory card might be the only ones taken during this special time in this young couple’s life, or the last shots of a grandmother/great-grandmother with the new baby. The baby in the hospital pictures is in elementary school now, but better late than never, right?

“I’ve attached two pictures from the card that appear to be multi-generation family shots. Would it be possible to run them to see if any readers could identify anyone in the pictures?

“I’d really like to give it back. I just need a little help!

“Thanks,

“Kari Werlinger”

Do you recognize any of the people in the photo shown above? If so, please contact me at nphillips15@hotmail.com, and I’ll get you in touch with Kari so her act of kindness can be complete.

Please continue to share your stories of kindness with me at nphillips15@hotmail.com. Or send a letter to Kindness is Contagious c/o Nicole Phillips, The Forum, 101 5th St. N., Box 2020, Fargo, ND, 58107.

Nicole Phillips is a former television anchor for Fox News in Fargo, and currently the executive director of Diva Connection Foundation. She is the mother of three kids and the wife of Bison men’s head basketball coach Saul Phillips. Her columns run every Saturday.