Brothers show act of kindness
Boys use savings to help theft victims
January 22. 2013 3:48PM
A recent pop machine burglary in Baltic had two store owners feeling lighter in the wallet. But the goodwill of two young boys has all four optimistic about a future profit.
On Jan. 10, Doug Cohen, co-owner of D&D Market, arrived at work to find the Pepsi machine outside the front entrance of his store had been robbed. Authorities later learned two convenience stores in Dell Rapids – T&C’s and T&C’s Other Place – were also robbed the same night. Cohen said authorities have a suspect targeted but wasn’t sure if anyone had been apprehended.
Cohen said the amount of money taken will have an impact on his bottom-line for the month, and the theft would certainly make paying bills more challenging.
“They cleaned out every bit of cash that was in there,” he said.
The next day, friend and customer Danielle Eszlinger and her two boys Kolten and Gibsen were in the store and Cohen told them what had happened.
“The kids basically overheard how we’ll never see the money again and we can’t afford to lose (that amount of money),” Cohen said.”
Kolten, 10, and Gibsen, 7, said they were sad to hear that someone had stolen from the store owners who’s business was already feeling the negative effects of the Highway 114 bridge being closed.
So the boys hatched a plan to help the Cohens out. Having built up a sizable savings from birthday money and collecting cans, the brothers figured the hunting gear and triathlon bike they were after could wait. After all, the Cohens were part of group of area residence that helped save cans for the boys.
Mom said she couldn’t discourage her children from giving back to the community.
The next day, when Kolten and Gibsen followed through with their plan and showed up to the D&D Market, Cohen couldn’t believe it either.
“They came in with this little baggie that had $281 in it, and we’re like ‘We can’t take this,’” said Cohen, who admits the gesture caused him to choked up a bit. “It was really surprising and crazy.”
Although the Eszlingers made the Cohens promise to accept the money as a gift, refusing to take it back or accept anything in return, the brothers were presented with two certificates of investment in the store.
Cohen told the boys their money will be used to purchase products and supplies for the store and in one year, and in one year’s time, they will see a return on their investment, making Kolten and Gibsen some of the youngest investors in the state.