After a devastating tornado whipped through Canton, Texas, there was a lot to clean up.
One box of labeled photos found its way back to the one person who might be able to return the images to their rightful owners.
Patty Stearns is the last living member of her immediate family of the surname O’Rear. Both of her parents are deceased, as are her brothers. She’d heard stories of her ancestors before, but she’d never actually seen pictures of many of them.
This mysterious box full of pictures from the 1800s was packed with mementos of Patty’s family. Looking at the pictures, she gets emotional, and urges everyone to label their photos so future generations will know what they are looking at.
She says, after a pause, “I have less family; I’d like to have more family.”
Although she says it with a glimmer of a smile on her face, you can see that there is pain in this statement. Now that she has these photos, she has the opportunity to seek out distant family members and put these photos back in the right hands.
It’s so nice that a little sliver of hope comes out of a big tragedy like the Canton tornado.
What would you do if you found a little white box with piles of family photos in it? Would you try to find the owner?
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