SAN ANTONIO – Picture this: you find a stack of footage and paperwork at a resale retailer. The footage seize favourite holidays, childhood milestones, a proud mother and pa, and also you even come throughout report playing cards and a wedding license. Do you purchase it or simply stroll away?
Nancy Dure was curious to study extra and determined to purchase the stack of family reminiscences with the intention of discovering the family.
“I picked them up because their last name was Muñoz, and my dad passed away and his last name was Muñoz,” Dure stated.
A number of months after the random buy, Dure brewed some espresso and sat down to start her search on Facebook.
“There were marriage licenses, there were report cards, there were a bunch of addresses of where they used to live, and all those papers had their names,” Dure stated. “So, they had enough information for me to do some research on it.”
Dure started her search for a Joe Muñoz, the identical identify printed on report playing cards from a Harris County Elementary School.
“I went through a bunch of people on Facebook, and I just couldn’t find them. So, I told my sister-in-law about it,” Dure stated.
Her sister-in-law urged they give the impression of being him up with a variation of his center identify, Anthony. She started to search for a Tony Muñoz and eventually cracked the code on Facebook.
“It was, like, within 20 minutes that she had found him,” Dure stated. They appeared via his buddies listing to see if the opposite identify, Amanda Muñoz, that was written on the again of many footage was listed.
“We went through her Facebook, and then, saw she had a Halloween picture,” Dure stated. “I had a similar picture, and then I started comparing the pictures. I’m like, this has to be them. The pictures have the same couch, the same background, the same fairy costume.”
Dure reached out to Tony with the massive information.
“I got a weird message,” Tony stated. “I was very skeptical about it. I thought it was a scam at first, because it was a picture of me from my childhood. And the message basically said, ‘Hey, I found a box of pictures. Is this your family?’”
He confirmed it was him and his sister, Amanda.
“I think within an hour we were, like, let’s meet,” Dure stated. “We were both so excited. I was jumping up and down.”
Dure met up with Tony and his daughter at an area IHOP quickly after.
“So, we get there, and I’m showing my daughter pictures that I haven’t seen in years. There’s a particular picture of me wearing a Dick Tracy shirt (that I remember), and I showed it to her. She just laughed. I mean, it is pretty cool to be able to show her, you know, that I was a kid, because we don’t have anything in the house to show that.”
Tony and his sister Amanda each stay in San Antonio and have their very own households. Their father, Joe Muñoz lives in Houston and their mom, Gail Muñoz, handed away two years in the past.
“I mean, this my mom putting these memories back in my life,” Tony stated. “That’s how I put that.”
So, why had been the photographs at a Goodwill Clearance Center?
“When I was a kid, (my dad, sister and I) were moving to Floresville, and we packed everything into a U-Haul,” Tony stated. “We were getting ready to leave in the morning and noticed it was stolen. So, I mean, we had nothing and I have nothing from our childhood. Very, very little. I think I maybe have like two pictures of my mom, period.”
Exactly how the photographs had been stolen in Houston and ended up in a San Antonio-area Goodwill nonetheless stays a thriller. However, Tony, his sister and father are thrilled to have these tangible reminiscences as soon as once more.
“I can’t thank you guys enough,” Tony stated to Dure. “It has truly been a blessing out of nowhere.”
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