Las Vegas woman hopes to retrieve footage of late niece after accidentally donating camera to Salvation Army

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A woman is hopeful that whoever purchased her camcorder will return the tapes that feature her late niece. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

A woman who donated a few video cameras to a local Salvation Army is hoping that the community will help her be reunited with some priceless footage.

Peggy Thompson was more than happy to donate a few video cameras in August to the Salvation Army located on Flamingo Road and Durango Drive in Las Vegas. However, she realized in November that she had made a big mistake.

Instead of grabbing the box of video cameras she had meant to donate, Thompson mistakenly dropped off ones she meant to keep — which included footage of her 12-year-old niece, Brittany, who died in 2010.

“I went to go get the box and take it down to a camera store to put it on a disc for me,” Thompson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I opened it and it was full of [the intended] donations.”

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Thompson has since posted signs at the Salvation Army in hopes that someone would bring the cameras back. She is also offering a $200 reward. Thompson insists that the person can keep the cameras; she just wants the footage. She was very close to her niece and even referred to her as her daughter. Thompson has visited a number of Salvation Army locations around her area.

“I appreciate everyone trying to help me,” Thompson told the outlet. “We’ve gotten several phone calls and texts. Everyone is trying to help. It’s amazing to see all the wonderful people here in this town and all the outpouring of help.”

The cameras in question are from the 1980s and 1990s and in a black bag. One of the cameras was a Canon.

Thompson told the outlet that a majority of photos of her niece were lost in a flood and that the footage on the tapes accidentally donated was all she had to remember her by.

“I would love to see my daughter again,” Thompson said. “I would absolutely love it.”

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