When a loved one dies, it can be overwhelming to go through their items. Josef Garrett was going through that when he found an old typewriter case. He assumed an actual typewriter was in it, so he donated it to the Are Thrift Store in Arvada, Colorado.
What he didn’t know was that the case was being used as an heirloom box. The store, luckily, opened the case and found handwritten letters and photos dating back over 80 years.
The anthropology professor was thrilled to get the pieces of family history back. He shares "Reading some of these letters, I started thinking about, like, oh, this is why this is happening. This is how I came to be who I am today because of the actions of my grandparents and my parents. It's really kind of cool to be able to think about that when it all could have been lost."
Source: The Denver Channel