A Truly Estranged Family Member

…and not the first time this has happened!

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Usually when a charity wants a donor to return, the agency is seeking another contribution. Helping Hands in Bentonville wants the person who left what’s apparently a funerary urn to come back and get it.

The ceramic vessel is elaborately hand-painted in an Asian style, featuring blossoms, mockingbirds, vases and trees, and has a cherry wood bottom. Its top is affixed with a tar-like seal, which led workers to conclude that someone’s ashes are inside.

“It was strange because it is obviously not something that happens every day. It just came in the back with a bunch of other donations,” Helping Hands director Bill Crawford said.

There is no inscription to indicate whose remains are inside. The urn was among clothes, furniture and other items that were left a couple of months ago at the charity, which helps families in need.

“It is really pretty, but after we found out, we all just kind of stared at it for three days,” worker Angela Garber said.

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