Golden Valley worker helps deliver package four years later
A man from Georgia recently took to Facebook with a message of thanks to the owner of the Golden Valley UPS store.

The Georgia man is grateful because he got a package four years after it was originally sent. It contained military items and other memorabilia of his veteran father.

"You couldn't have asked for a better start to 2017. It's just priceless," said Tim Burchell in a recorded message on Facebook. Burchell went on to say: "I want to give a special, humble thank you to Randy Holst of UPS Store 1886. He's the owner, operator of it in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Randy, you're the best man."

Burchell recorded the message because Randy Holst at the Golden Valley UPS Store worked for four years to track Burchell down.

The package was originally sent in October 2012 from the Golden Valley store, but it came back due to a wrong address and another error. Holst knew the package contained a veteran's framed flag and other memorabilia, so he contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs, searched phone books and Facebook, and left dozens of messages until he finally found the right family in Georgia.

"I knew there were family photo albums in there, and I've lost both of my parents, and I used to be a photographer, so I really believe in memories and stories and keeping those memories alive," said Holst of his persistent pursuit to find the package's rightful owner.

The veteran, Carl Burnett Burchell, died in 1988, but his wife died in 2012, and the package was intended for her stepson, Tim Burchell, who thanks to the work of Randy Holst, we now know lives in Georgia and is grateful to have his father's memorabilia.

Alexandra Renslo reporting
Twitter: @alexrenslo

February 7, 2017


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