She lost all of her treasured possessions… but what happened next will warm your heart 6



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It’s unimaginable: every photo, memory and keepsake you’ve ever owned, gone up in flames. Sadly, this happened to Sharon Briggs, not once but several times.

After her family rebuilt too many heart-wrenching times, Ms Briggs gave up looking for her destroyed belongings, assuming they were all long gone.

That was until years later when Chandra Mays discovered an orange suitcase in her home, filled with old photos, a flag and a bible – she knew straight away she had to get it back to its owner.

“When I originally started going through the suitcase, it became more significant than just a batch of photographs, especially after I found the flag,” Mays told Fox News.

As people do these days, Mays turned to Facebook to see if anyone knew the people in the photos, in the hope social media could send it viral and land in the right person’s lap.

That it did, and Ms Briggs was able to collect those memories she thought she could never get back – she hadn’t seen some of the family photos for 50 years.

“I’ve never really seen pictures of my mum when she was so young,” Ms Briggs’ daughter said. “I can’t believe how much I look like my mum!”

Ms Briggs believes her sisters, whom she isn’t in contact with, left the suitcase behind when they sent their mother to a nursing home.

Watch the heartwarming reunion with Sharon’s belongings below and tell us, have you ever lost precious memories only to find them again years later?

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  1. Am choosing to let mine go bit by bit every now n then…..most too painful to hav…negativity I don’t need and no-one interested enough to pass onto….the freedom I feel is wonderful

  2. How wonderful I am now starting to sort mine out and labelling what I can so the family will have a record. The sad part is I have copies of about 120 photos which were taken in the 1800s with no names so no idea who they are in the family tree

  3. when i was a child our house burnt down. had no photos before the age of 10 . through facebook i made contact with a girl who had a school photo of me aged 5yrs .

  4. Where are the sisters & why did they leave the suitcase in the house after depositing their mother into a nursing home ? How come there is no contact between the first sisters & the one who now has all these cherished memorabilia . Did this sister even know that her mother had been put in a home?

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