When Stuart Fish opened his birthday present he got more than he could have ever asked for.
Not only did he unwrap a Lego Mindstorm robot set (retail value of over $300), but he got a note from the Utah Highway Patrol explaining the toy's long journey.
Stuart's family had actually bought the toy for him for Christmas, but when they were traveling through Utah to visit family it had gotten lost. Amy Fish, Stuart's mother, was devastated, but decided she'd re-buy him the robot set – this time for his birthday on Jan. 10, a Facebook post says.
She went into Creative Kidstuff in Wayzata to buy the toy for a second time, and was surprised (and grateful) to learn the original lost toy had been found, and was in the care of the Utah Highway Patrol.
It turns out trooper Jared Clanton had spotted the wrapped Christmas present on the side of the road and made it his mission to track down the owner of the special gift, KSL reported.
He didn't have much to go on, just a sticker on the box from Minnesota-based Creative Kidstuff. He contacted the seven stores in the state and posted about the gift on Facebook.
Two weeks after Clanton found the gift, he got a call from Minnesota. The manager at the Creative Kidstuff connected Fish's story of the lost Lego set with that of the toy found in Utah, according to Creative Kidstuff on Facebook.
On Friday, Clanton overnighted the Lego Mindstorm to Stuart, the Utah Highway Patrol said on Facebook – just in time for his birthday.
Included with the gift was a note to Stuart and a gift from the Clanton family, KARE 11 reported.
"It shows he's really nice," Stuart told Kare 11. "And right now a lot of people think a bunch of cops are bad, but it shows a lot of them are also good, really good people."
Fish wrote a message to the Utah Highway Patrol, which was posted to Facebook, thanking them for their kindness. It read, in part:
"It is not by circumstance that my son will now receive his Christmas gift. It is due to the kindness of many (especially one very humble public servant) involved in this effort. I spoke to the trooper who found the gift this afternoon and I am overcome with gratitude for his selfless act and the many of you who tried to seek out my son at Christmas! Thank you to all of you, the Utah Highway Patrol and Creative Kidstuff for sharing with us the best of humanity. We are touched far beyond these words can express."
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