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Stolen chairs replaced by mystery donor

By Sarah E. Reynolds | May 22, 2020
Courtesy of: Carmen Krystosek Carmen Krystosek broadcasts her appreciation to neighbors for the replacement of her porch chairs, taken on Mother's Day.

Belfast — What began as a disappointment for one Belfast resident has ended up restoring her faith in her neighbors.

Carmen Krystosek, 70, awoke the day after Mother's Day to find that a pair of old Coleman chairs had been stolen from her porch at 19 Pearl St. She expressed her indignation at the theft in a couple of signs she made with colored markers and attached to the porch railing demanding the chairs' return and asking "Who does that?" — referring to taking someone's porch furniture.

At the time, she said she did not expect her chairs would be returned.

She contacted The Republican Journal Wednesday to say that an unidentified person had placed two chairs -— not the ones that were taken -— on her porch. She asked her neighbors who had brought the chairs, but no one knew.

In an email, she said, "Because of one kind act from one of my neighbors, the missing has been put back. I've been given a pair of lovely yellow chairs to replace the taken ones. ... Balance and peace has been restored, thanks to my neighbors."

Fittingly, Krystosek responded with another colored marker sign that reads, "Heartfelt thanks to my neighbors for my replacement chairs!! Way to do right!"

New chairs were placed on Carmen Krystosek's porch to replace those that were stolen on Mother's Day. The giver has not come forward. (Courtesy of: Carmen Krystosek)
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