I’m not just tooting our own horn when I say that the Marietta Daily Journal has the best photographer in the business in Kelly Huff. He has an incredible knack for creating and capturing that perfect shot, a tough exterior but a warm and caring heart, a rare ability to connect with everyone he meets and enough photography award plaques to line every hallway in the MDJ headquarters.
One thing Kelly didn’t have last week, though, was his wallet.
After buying flowers for his sister-in-law on Wednesday, Kelly said he couldn’t fit his wallet back in his pocket while driving so he put it between his legs.
Kelly was driving to The Battery to capture some shots for Thursday’s front-page story on upcoming openings in the entertainment district. He parked in the red deck and stepped out of his truck, his wallet silently hitting the pavement concurrently with his feet.
“I was there for about 35 minutes and went to visit a World War II vet for my ‘Memories of War’ feature,” Kelly said. “When I left around 3 p.m., I reached in my pocket to buy a bottled water but couldn’t find my wallet.”
Later that afternoon, Kelly said he got a Facebook message from Kiera Hanley, a clinical nurse educator for WellStar Health System.
“She said she found a wallet in the parking garage and looked at the ID, then looked me up on Facebook and noticed my profile picture matched my driver’s license,” Kelly said.
So, on Friday, Kelly met her at WellStar Paulding Hospital to retrieve his wallet.
“I gave her a great, big hug, and expressed that she didn’t know how much this meant to me. She said she had lost her wallet before so she knew how I must have been feeling because her whole life was in her wallet,” Kelly said.
During their meeting, he asked if he could publicly thank her. She said yes, so here is what he posted to Facebook:
“I want to go on record and publicly thank WellStar nurse Kiera Hanley, who found my wallet I lost at The Battery Atlanta. She also found me, through Facebook of course, and this morning I was reunited with my life, a.k.a. my wallet. This day and age, finding someone of her honesty and integrity is rare. But I am glad I did. Thank you, MS. KIERA. YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON. But of course you are, you are a WellStar nurse.”
Thank you, Kiera, for caring and giving our Kelly his life back!
From the inbox:
Cornerstone Prep secondary students were met with halls lined with Post-It Notes of encouragement and love on their first day, all thanks to an idea from Senior Stephanie Melcher.
“I was talking to a girl I know about a really hard situation she was in, and it had me in tears because I felt so bad for her. I realized how many broken people there are in our school who just hide their pain with a smile, said Stephanie, of Acworth. “You never know what a person may be going through unless they open up to you. People would be surprised if they only knew. This is my last year of high school, and I didn’t want the same thing to happen all over again. So I came up with the sticky note idea. I hoped that the sticky notes would change the way people treated each other. I want to spread love instead of hate and gossip. I really want our school to be a big family.”
Stephanie contacted many of her friends to help her in this huge undertaking of plastering the high school and middle school hallways and bathrooms with Post-It Notes.
As thankful as Stephanie is for her peer’s response to the notes, “I’m even more thankful for my amazing friends for being so enthusiastic and as happy as I was to make the notes too.”
“I could tell the first day of school was a really happy day and so far, I haven’t seen or heard of any drama. And I would really like to keep it that way. A lot of the younger girls kept telling me how much they loved our senior class and that really touched me too.”
Jeanine Marlow, Director of Communications & Marketing, Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, Acworth
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Paper Dreams in Kennesaw (a local scrapbooking and paper crafting store at 3655 Cherokee St. in Kennesaw; 770-726-1649) is partnering with Project Mail Call.
We are inviting all to the below events for “Operation Write Home.” What we will be doing at these events is providing ALL supplies to make cards to send to our troops so they can use them to write home to loved ones (as you know, there are not “Hallmark” cards stores where they are deployed).
There is zero cost to anyone who attends and we will have all card parts pre-made (which means that the volunteer will need to assemble and add a bit of creativeness to personalize). There will be many Paper Dreamers on hand to help out and inspire and guide those who are attending.
The dates we will be making these cards are:
► Thursday, August 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
► Sunday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m.
► Thursday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
► Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.
► Thursday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Our desire is to get the community involved (young, old, male, female) ... I think everyone has someone they know or love who has or is serving and this is a great way for us to show our support for our troops and their families and friends.
Gina O’Leary, Kennesaw
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Officer Tracy Melton and Officer Michael McFall from the Cobb County Sherriff’s Office recently volunteered their time at the Northwest Cobb Family YMCA making lunches for kids in need in the community. Throughout the summer and on school breaks, the Y provides lunches and activities at five sites throughout Northwest Cobb County to help address food insecurity in the community.
Angie Clawson, director of communications for YMCA of metro Atlanta