It was in the post-office parking lot, of all places, where Karin Santos rediscovered her faith in humanity.
It had been an emotional few months. Her husband Alberto had left for Iraq in November with the rest of the Stryker brigade, and her co-workers had surprised her with a care package of goodies to help him through a holiday overseas. The Woodinville couple had been married only a few months, and Santos was feeling pretty alone as a military wife so far from the support at Fort Lewis.
But a kindhearted man at the post office changed everything for her when he said he knew the sacrifice a couple makes when a husband goes to war, blessed her, handed her a roll of money and walked away.