Weeks after her purse was stolen, a 70-year-old South Carolina woman received its contents -- including irreplaceable photos -- in the mail.

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The widow had just made it through the holiday season without her eyeglasses, identification, Social Security card and about $250 in cash and gift cards she had intended to give as presents, The Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald reported Sunday.

Then, the mail carrier arrived at her door with a package postmarked from a tiny neighboring town. When she opened it, she found everything except the cash and gift cards.

Some neighbors had stepped forward to help replace her glasses and many of the other lost items, but she said she was overjoyed to find pictures no one would ever be able to replace.

One shot was of her youngest son Michael, 45, when he was 13, the newspaper said, and one was of her friend who was killed in a car accident.