Happy ending in the case of Christmas gifts lost on the West Seattle Bridge

You might recognize that as part of a photo circulated on Reddit and Facebook earlier this week. The backstory went like this: The wrapped gifts fell off a truck on the West Seattle Bridge. The person who picked them up asked for help finding their rightful owner(s). Long story short, the connection was finally made. We heard about it and asked if we could share the story of the happy ending, for all the people who tried to help. Elissa Sommer from Hope Lutheran confirms the gifts finally got to their intended recipient:

Hope Lutheran Church and School was helping a family this Christmas. In the process of delivering the packages, one bag fell off of the truck. The driver was unaware. Two vehicles swerved to avoid the bag but the third vehicle had to stop because he was a large truck. Instead of just pushing the bag to the side of the road in the pouring rain, the driver, Nick, pulled the packages into his vehicle. After trying to find the driver of the truck the packages fell from and not seeing them anywhere, he headed back to work at Plants Northwest in Redmond. He then proceeded to post a picture on both Facebook and Reddit to try and find owners of the packages. Well, we all know that West Seattle people are awesome and many posted ideas to find the owner. Several people from Hope Lutheran Church and School recognized the wrapping. They were soon able to identify and retrieve the packages from Plants Northwest. The gifts made their way to the intended recipient just in time for Christmas. Thanks so much to Nick for being a Good Samaritan and finding the owners of the packages. You truly saved Christmas for this child.

12 Replies to "Happy ending in the case of Christmas gifts lost on the West Seattle Bridge"

  • mrsMarty December 26, 2015 (5:10 am)

    Do you find this just a coincidence that the person who picked these presents up out of the road and got them delivered that his name is Nick??!! (Old St. Nick)

  • chelle December 26, 2015 (7:25 am)

    What a great story!

  • sun*e December 26, 2015 (8:21 am)

    Now that’s truly the spirit of Christmas! Gotta love that! Way to go “Saint” Nick! 😉👍🎅

  • JoB December 26, 2015 (8:39 am)

    politics aside… this is who we are as a people

  • Gina December 26, 2015 (8:59 am)

    Cover that load! Save those gifts!

  • Petert December 26, 2015 (9:07 am)

    It’s great to read about the GOOD that people everyday. Thanks for reporting this.

  • Myrna Hoffmanm December 26, 2015 (9:59 am)

    Thanks for the happy follow-up to this story!

  • Elated Hope Member December 26, 2015 (10:45 am)

    I was one of the people who recognized the wrapping from Nick ‘ s picture, and it was so heart warming to know that here was someone who cared so much about making Christmas happen for this family. Had he not stopped to pick it up and post a request for help in finding the owner someone would not have enjoyed Christmas as much. Thank you Nick! Merry Christmas!

  • chemist December 26, 2015 (10:50 am)

    Original reddit thread post by “cargasm66” for “a friend” – http://www.reddit.com/r/Seattle/comments/3xalni/presents_found_on_w_seattle_bridge/

    But, yeah, Maria’s law for securing loads has a $216 fine minimum.

  • flimflam December 26, 2015 (1:14 pm)

    good job! especially to Nick for doing that something extra as opposed to just going on his way.

  • Rosslyn Shea December 26, 2015 (3:50 pm)

    Many thanks to the Hope Lutheran Church and School for helping bring holiday cheer to many families in West Seattle schools . A big shout-out to Elyssa Sommer for helping coordinate all the efforts.

  • Donna Phillips January 8, 2016 (12:51 pm)

    It was actually Marco Luna who was responsible to retrieving the packages and Nick who posted to social media. A joint effort to reunite the gifts with the family just in time for Christmas

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