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$1,700 For Orphans Returned To Nun

December 5, 1985

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) _ A nun who lost $1,700 while shopping for Christmas presents for retarded children says she ″can’t express enough gratitude″ to a woman who turned in her purse and police who returned it.

Sister Dolores Spinner, a staff director at the Mercy Home for Children in New York City, retrieved the money Wednesday at the state police barracks here, less than 24 hours after she lost it shopping at a discount store.

Sharon Bath, 37, of Strasburg, who found the purse in a parking lot and took it to the police, said that when she searched the bag for identification, she thought it only held $50, according to Sister Spinner.

The nun said she wasn’t going to report the loss at first because she was sure the purse would never be found. She called the barracks late Tuesday night and was told, ″We had been looking for you.″

″I can’t express enough gratitude to the people who returned it,″ she said.

Sister Spinner said she comes to Lancaster every year to buy Christmas presents, especially clothes, for the children at the home. They range in age from 5 to 18, and are all mentally retarded.

″We like to hit some bargains, and it’s a nice quiet respite from (New York) city,″ she said, adding she brings cash because some merchants refuse to accept out-of-town checks or credit cards.

Sister Kay Crumlish, director of the Mercy Home, said she was surprised to learn the money and the purse had been returned.

″That’s certainly not New York,″ she said.