Like many across the country, Georgia mom Lindsay Preiss was inspired to clean out her home thanks to Netflix’s popular series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”
On the series, organizational guru Marie Kondo encourages families to dispose of items in their home that don’t “spark joy.”
The popular series led to a flood of donations to Goodwill and the Salvation Army in recent weeks, and Preiss wasn’t immune to the show’s inspirational message.
She started cleaning out her Atlanta home and grabbed her 27-year-old son’s old Mickey Mouse travel mug for donation, WSB-TV reports.
The mom dropped the mug off at Goodwill, where it was purchased by an unknown buyer. But soon, her son informed her that she’d made a terrible mistake.
Devon Silvey had just sold his car and hid $6,500 inside the travel mug for safekeeping because the bank wasn’t open.
It was still inside when his mother donated it to the local Goodwill. He said:
“At first, I thought it was a joke or a prank or something like that. She thought I was upset about the mug being gone, which, I miss the mug as well, but what was inside was a little more important.”
Preiss said she felt bad when she lost the cash from her son’s car sale:
“(I feel) like the worst mom in the world. I mean, I feel terrible.”
The family contacted the Goodwill store as soon as they realized the mistake, but the manager couldn’t determine who bought the travel mug.
The mom is now pleading for the person to return the cash. She said:
“We would be very, very thankful if you brought it back. I’m just asking someone to please have it in your heart to do the right thing and give it back.”
They’re offering up a reward for the person if they do decide to hand over the mug and money.