A Kansas couple is thanking a stranger for making their wedding day extra special.
“I could not believe that that happened. I couldn’t believe that a stranger would even stop and pick up a tiny box or that a stranger would even care and he did,” said Jessica Higgins.
Jessica Higgins said she was setting up for her wedding reception on Saturday when she noticed the engraved champagne flutes she ordered were missing.
“We were looking everywhere for them and my kids and Brian were at home and they were looking everywhere for them,” Jessica explained. “All of a sudden, I got a call from my son’s phone and it was an older gentleman and he said that he had been driving down the highway and he had found this little box.”
“I seen a box on the side of the road,” said Monte Petersen.
Petersen, 57, drives a truck for a living. He said he spotted the box on the turnpike in southeast Wichita on Friday night.
“So I decided after I get off work I will go back and check it and see if the box was still there,” Petersen said. “I picked it up, put it in my car, drove home, got inside my house, my garage, and opened up the box.”
Petersen said he found a pair of champagne glasses, one of them broken, inside the box. He said he realized he had found something special.
“I had to find the owner. I had to do something, whatever I could,” he said.
Petersen then used the address on the box to track down the owner’s address.
“So he drove to Clearwater to return the box and then my son called me,” Jessica said.
That’s when Jessica’s fiance at the time, Brian, asked Petersen if he’d like to come to their wedding later that day.
“I enjoyed so much being there,” Petersen said.
“It was amazing. I tell the story better now, but on my wedding day I cried several times. It was very very emotional,” Jessica said.
Petersen didn’t come to the wedding empty handed. He put the broken champagne glass and the intact one into a box. He wrapped it in wedding paper and gifted it to the couple.
“He wasn’t able to get them fixed, but what he did is he had his sister write a poem about the broken glasses and they framed that and gave it to us as a wedding gift,” Jessica said.
Jessica said it’s a gift she and her husband will cherish forever.
“We told him 100 times that we just love him and thank him so much for what he did and how special he made our day,” she said. “We will be lifelong friends and family. He will just be a part of us now.”
Petersen said the love is mutual.
“I was raised a stranger is just a friend you have never met,” he said. “I hope their wedding day never stops.”