CHDI employee finds, returns caterer’s full bank bag

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

When local caterer Joe Tom Haby left home Monday morning he was in a rush, which is why he didn’t notice that he lost his bank bag full of customer payments. But luck, and faith, were on his side when a Christian stranger named Javiel Garcia located and returned it intact.

“Javiel has been with us for a little under a year. CHDI hires staff hoping they take to heart our mission, values and philosophy; basically to do the right thing,” said Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, chief executive officer of Community Health Development Inc., where Garcia is employed. “Javiel certainly has done that. We are proud for him and proud of him.”

Haby, who owns Joe Tom’s Catering, says Thanksgiving is his busiest season and the deposit, a mix of checks and cash, was substantial.

“It would have hurt me to lose it,” says Haby. “And it would have made a nice Christmas for him.”

Haby placed the bag on his truck while he was loading supplies, before heading back into the house for a forgotten list. He then rushed off, focused on the tasks ahead of him and all the food he had to prepare to fulfill customer orders.

The bag fell from the truck several blocks away, landing on the street in front of Garcia’s residence.


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