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Found: Message in a bottle about Rock Hill boy

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A note. A bottle. A little boy’s memory.

When Tammy Elmore lost her 7-month-old grandson, Mason Jayce, she says she wanted to do something special. Mason passed away last September in Rock Hill. A few weeks beforehand, his family visited Hilton Head Island, where he immediately fell in love with the sea turtles.

“He was enthralled with them,” Tammy said. “Beside himself with excitement whenever he saw one of the animals.”

Their time in Hilton Head ended up being his first and only vacation.  

“He never got to travel again,” Tammy said. “But I wanted him to be able to explore other places.”

To help her grandson see more of the world, Tammy wrote a small note about him and put it in a bottle. It was simple – Tammy explained she was sending it
out in Mason’s honor, a boy who loved sea turtles. Her sister, Shannon Coates, threw the bottle into the sea at Anna Maria, Florida.

Tammy wasn’t sure what to expect. Would the bottle sink? Get lost? Would anyone find it?

She got her answer when a man from Georgia found her on Facebook late last week. He told Tammy he and his wife found the bottle while snorkeling in Florida. And, he said, his wife loved sea turtles too.

“They said they were going to donate money to save a sea turtle’s nest in Mason’s honor,” she said. “I was amazed. The perfect person found the bottle.”

Love stories like this.


PS: Mason’s family started a foundation to help the Rock Hill community. You can find the Mason Jayce Foundation on Facebook.

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