12/29/2013 09:50 am ET

Teriasia Dean, Oklahoma Woman, Returns $800 Despite Financial Burdens, Gets The Most Perfect Surprise (VIDEO)

What goes around, really does come around.

Teriasia Dean, a retail makeup artist from Oklahoma, first made the news this week when she found a Coach purse containing $800 in the parking lot of her apartment complex and returned it to its rightful owner.

"It wasn’t my bag. It wasn’t my stuff. That’s not my belongings; Teriasia Dean’s name was not on any of those cards," she said, according to the Oklahoma Star.

What she didn't say at the time was how much of a difference that $800 would have made for her. Dean later told KFOR in an interview that she'd been in and out of the hospital three times this year and faced eviction if she couldn't pay $670 in rent.

I’ve always been that 'never let them see you sweat' type girl,” Dean told KFOR. “I tough it out, and I make it work.”

The news station's viewers were so moved by Dean's gesture that they began calling in and asking how to help. One Samaritan even delivered a donation of $800 in cash for Dean.

“You have people who don’t even know you who do things for you and bless you," Dean told KFOR. "I’ve always been a giver, and it’s different to receive."

Last December, a UK charity rewarded a homeless man who returned a purse filled with cash and credit cards by finding him a place to live in time for the holidays.



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