Even a thief couldn't steal the generous spirit of Joyce Fisher.
Fisher, manager of the jewelry department at Millard Jewelry and E-Z Money Pawn Shop, recently donated $125 to The World-Herald's Goodfellows charity after a series of events connected to a fundraiser for the family of slaying victim Andrea Kruger.
When two plasma TVs and a keepsake photograph of the University of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium showed up at the pawnshop, she knew what they were. Someone took items fitting that description from a Kruger benefit at the Deja Vu Lounge on Sept. 27. Fisher had read about the theft in the newspaper.
Kruger, 33, was shot and killed Aug. 21 on her way home from work at the lounge. Omahan Nikko Jenkins and members of his family have been charged in her death.
“I called the bar and told them that I thought we had their items,” she said.
The pawnshop paid $225 for the TVs and the photo. Lounge owner Nikki Richardson said at the time that they were worth about $1,000. Two people are charged with felony theft in the case.
Fisher and the owners, Chris and Linda Holtberg, returned the items to the lounge and ate the cost of the sale.
Later, Fisher said, Richardson came to the shop and handed her a hundred-dollar bill.
“This is for you because you were so honest and gave us back our things,” she told Fisher.
Though Fisher didn't want the cash — “Give it to the Krugers,” she said — Richardson insisted.
The 76-year-old shopkeeper added $25 and gave the money to Goodfellows — from the Holtbergs and herself — as a memorial to Kruger.
She said her family always gives something to the fund, which provides one-time emergency aid and holiday meal vouchers for needy people in the community.
“It's such a good cause. It helps people right here in our city. If that money pays somebody's electric bill or gas bill, it would be a blessing,” she said.
Her giving spirit also extends to the Literacy Center of the Midlands. She said she likes to support local causes.
At one time, Fisher owned the store on South 137th Street. When the Holtbergs bought it, she said she'd stay on one year. That was seven years ago.
She's older than her co-workers, but she perseveres.
“I'm the only one who's never sick here,” she said.