Homeless men return St. Jude worker's wallet

Homeless men return St. Jude worker's wallet
Erich Damm (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Erich Damm (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man lost his wallet and thought it was a lost cause until homeless men returned it.

Erich Damm said he lost his wallet last week while on a run from midtown to downtown.

"I never expected to see it again because I didn't know where it had been dropped," Damm said.

Damm was worried his wallet would fall into the wrong hands, along with his personal info and credit card inside.

"At some point during that time, some homeless people--people down on their luck--happened to come across it on the street," he said.

A health insurance card inside the wallet featured the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital logo. That is where Damm said a Memphis Police officer returned the wallet after the homeless men sought the officer out.

"It's great because I was concerned about ID theft and things like that, so it's great to get it back; gives me a lot of peace of mind," Damm said. "They're not all thieves. Most of them are not."

Pastor Jeff Patrick of the Memphis Union Mission believes the story dispels a common misconception about the homeless.

"Right now, I've got two cell phones on my desk that guys have turned in in the last few days," Patrick said. "And I've received wallets and identification, so this doesn't surprise me at all. Most of the guys are down on their luck, just need a helping hand."

The men who returned Damm's wallet have not been identified, but he hopes to meet them.

"I would like to say thank you very much for taking the time to do that," Damm said.

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