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Owner reunited with photos missing for almost a decade
Chalk it up to tired movers or a case of not knowing what was actually in the box, but Ray Call is very happy that some family photos and awards have made their way home.
Last week, Tisha Brown of Helping Hands of Ennis opened a box she has had at their office for several years and decided it was time to find the owner of its contents. What she didn’t know was that her efforts would produce such a happy ending.
“I am thrilled that Mr. Call has his photos and family items back,” she said. “I know that if they were mine and I had lost them, I would hope that whoever had found them would try to return them and I wanted his family to have their memories and personal items.”
The items in question were mistakenly donated to the service agency when the Calls moved to Ennis in 1999. Due to putting some boxes in the attic and not getting around to looking through them until recently, Call didn’t really know his photos were gone. It wasn’t until two months ago while transferring old photos to digital that he realized he had misplaced them.
“My wife and I have been replacing our old photos with digital versions on our computer before the old photos deteriorated and I wondered where some of those photos were,” Call said. “It is so ironic that within such a short time frame of me thinking about the photos, they would turn up.”
Having the photos returned is especially meaningful to Call as some of the pictures are of his mother and father when they were younger. A little more than a month ago he moved his parents to Ennis and was hanging up some of the same photos and wondered where his copies were. Some of the lost photos were pictures of Call’s father’s grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary party and memories that held meaning for more than just Call.
“My father saw the pictures of his family on the front of the paper last week and was tickled to death,” Call said. “This has meant a lot to my parents as well as me. We’re happy to be bringing the photos home.”
Telling his father the story of how the photos were lost has brought some good-natured ribbing Call’s way. He jokes that his father is now questioning what else he has donated to Helping Hands.
“When my parents moved recently, my father lost some things and he now thinks I have donated them to Helping Hands without checking to see what they were,” he said with a laugh. “However, I have assured him that from now on, I’ll always check what leaves the house.”
The twist of fate in the whole story is that Call and his wife have donated many things to Helping Hands over the years since moving to Ennis and their own items have been there all this time. Thrift store manager Tisha Brown actually took the box from the old building to the new location during the move three years ago and had hung on to the box in the hopes of reuniting the owners with their box of memories.
“I think it is just amazing that Ms. Brown kept the box all these years,” Call said. “I am so thankful that she understood the importance of a family’s history and we were able to get it back to share in years to come.”

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