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A Man Turned A Grieving Woman’s Baby Crib He Found At Her Yard Sale Into A Wonderful Gift

"I started crying instantly," the baby's mother said.

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During a recent yard sale Watts had, Gerald Kumpala of Cokato, Minn., spotted the crib, though it wasn't actually for sale. The woodworker, who uses headboards and footboards to make benches, asked if he could buy it.

"She was kind of hesitant," Kumpula said. "I knew that maybe she didn't want to sell it, but yet, she did."

Kumpala's wife noticed some baby accessories at the sale, and asked Watts about her son.

"His wife was there looking through my garage sale — at some of the baby clothes —and asked how old my son was since I don't use the crib anymore," Watts said, "and I told her that he had passed in July."

After the couple heard Watts' story, they decided on their way home with the crib that it was meant to go back to her. A week later, Kumpala surprised Watts by bringing her the converted crib, now a memorial bench for her son.

Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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