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Nashville Girl Finds Missing Donation Jar

Shelby Rulevish

By Leah Williams

Shelby Rulevish was looking for her pet turtle when she also discovered something else in the brush.

“I found my turtle,” the 8-year-old Nashville girl said. “And I also found a jar with a lot of money in it.”

The donation jar that Shelby had found belonged to the Nashville Public Library. The jar was first reported missing on November after thieves reportedly swiped it from the library.

The donation jar was used to help the library buy a new children’s table and chairs.

Shelby said she brought the jar home to her mom, and after looking inside, they found a note saying it belonged to the local library.

The library staff said they were touched by Shelby’s act of kindness, especially since the jar still had money left inside. Shelby was given a $25 gift card as a way to show their appreciation.

“We were so very surprised to hear that it had been found, and even more grateful that she was willing to return it,” said Nashville Library Director Kelsey Schaepperkoetter.

Shelby said she likes books, especially those in the “Bad Kitty” series. She is the daughter of Summer Dahncke and Tim Rulevish.

Updated 5-12-20 to correct dad’s name.


  1. Anonymous on May 13, 2020 at 7:03 am

    You have good parents, Shelby, and you are a doll, a very honest doll!!

    I just want to know it’s why someone stle the jar and didn’t take the money! 🙃

  2. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Doing the right thing. How refreshing

  3. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Shelby- What a wonderful good deed you did! Other children will look up to you for doing the “right thing”!!! SO proud of you ….Palma Stiegman

  4. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    I am so very proud of you Shelby Jean.
    Love Motorcycle Pspa

  5. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Way to go Shelby!! Great job Momma!! ❤ Lori Grove

  6. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I’m so very proud of you Shelby Jean….
    Love Motorcycle Papa

  7. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Such a little sweetie

  8. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Right there is great parenting. Teach kids to do the right thing at a young age. Good job Shelby!!

  9. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    You always “do the right thing” Shelby! Thank you for your honesty – and I’m glad you found your turtle!

  10. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Way to go Shelby Jean !

  11. Anonymous on May 12, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Whatta girl… 👍💯

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