COSTA MESA — Imagine that sinking feeling when you think you've lost some saved-up money. Now imagine that money was for buying your child new clothes for the coming school year.
Eli Fuentes, a bus driver for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, found himself in that predicament Tuesday morning while registering his 11-year-old son, Eli Fuentes Jr., at TeWinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa.
Reacting like most would, Fuentes said he had written off the money as gone for good after he realized he was missing $700 in cash.
"I told my son that the people who found it probably needed it more than we did," Fuentes said, trying to find some comfort in an otherwise miserable turn of events.
However, every once in a while, the right person is there at the right time.
Also registering for the seventh grade on Tuesday morning was seventh-grader Abby Dunham, 11, and her mother, Caroline McNabb.