A heartwarming story about some of our homeowners here at Kapp Lyons, and how their compassionate way of thinking reunited a family with their priceless vacation photos.
This July the Bley family eagerly set off for their vacation to Edisto Island. Traveling from Raleigh, North Carolina, they were packed up and ready for a week of fun in the sun. An excited ten year old, Lawson Bley was sure to pack his rugged waterproof camera to capture ever aspect of their vacation. As a budding photographer, Lawson toted his camera everywhere with him capturing almost 2,000 photos of some of his most cherish memories. One unfortunate afternoon when the family was splashing around in the waves, the camera strap boke and the camera was lost at sea. The entire family was devastated and feared they would lose their treasured family pictures forever. A frantic search in the surf ended unsuccessfully and the heartbroken Bley family left Edisto without their camera.
About a month later some of our Kapp Lyons homeowners, Sean Kerr and his family headed to Edisto for their family vacation. This story turns hopeful when the Kerr family was out walking on the beach and spotted something in the surf. As luck would have it, it was young Lawson’s waterproof camera! The camera was waterlogged, covered in salt and caked with sand with a dead battery. It seemed unusable but after Sean left the camera alone for a few days to dry out, the memory card was able to be retrieved from the camera. After finding 1,800 pictures of an unknown family, Sean knew he had to find the camera’s rightful owners. Sean then turned to social media, posting some of the family’s photos and had an enormous response on Facebook. With over 48,000 shares, eventually the Bley family saw their lost photos online. An overjoyed Lawson could not believe his luck and had his precious lost family pictures returned to him. This inspiring story leaves us with a warm fuzzy feeling and sheds a positive outlook on the power of social media and compassionate people.
One of the lost photos of the Bley family on their vacation at Edisto (Lawson on the far right).
The camera that was found by the Kerr family, one month after getting "lost at sea".