DUNEDIN, Fla. (FOX 13) - What started as a very kind, but small gesture in Dunedin has caught the attention of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The volunteers working inside The Little Thrift Shop in Dunedin opened the mail early last month to a big surprise.
“It just makes it special. It’s so special that she did this,” said Miriam Benitez-Nixon, a volunteer at the store.
Miriam says she has always been inspired by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Around the time when the justice was recovering from lung cancer surgery, Benitez-Nixon said a certain donation came into the store and it gave her the idea.
“The necklace just looked like her,” she said. “I said, 'Oh! That is for her, no one could else could wear that.'”
Benitez-Nixon mailed the necklace, along with a letter signed by all the volunteers, wishing the justice a speedy recovery. Four days later, a response came in the mail which read:
“The collar you sent me is exquisite and will be among my favorites. I will wear it during the first sitting I return to the court. With huge appreciation, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
Benitez-Nixon says they are in the process of framing the letter.
“I couldn’t believe it! We were all so excited, every volunteer was excited to see that letter,” she said.
The letter is drawing a lot of attention to the store, many stopping wanting to read the letter for themselves.
“We are celebrities now,” Benitez-Nixon joked.
The store raises money for Dunedin’s Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard. Volunteers say their profits go back into their community.
Justice Ginsburg’s collection of gifted pins and collar pieces were featured in the recent documentary “RBG.”