“This piece of the family, an heirloom really, would have been wonderful to maintain, preserve, and pass on.”
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A South Carolina man has put out an All-Points Bulletin on a missing family heirloom.

Stuart Dodson told WYFF News 4 that his 82-year-old-father mistakenly donated his 81-year-old mother's beloved cast-iron skillet to the Goodwill on Woodruff Road in Greenville on November 20. He's asking anyone who has or will shop at a Goodwill store in the area to be on the lookout.

"I am calling around to all Upstate (and) Midlands S.C. Goodwill stores to see if I can recover this needle in a haystack," Dodson said. "This item has immense sentimental value as my mom grew up in a farmhouse with a wood stove in North Carolina. This skillet was what her mother cooked with on that wood stove. My mother has moved this skillet from Greenville to Hilton Head to Greenville."

The skillet was a Griswold brand with a lid, measuring 10-to-11.5-inches wide and is either a a No. 8, No. 9 or No. 10 in size. Dodson is offering to reimburse the price paid for the skillet with an added "finder's fee" if returned.

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Dodson said he wants to find it and help his parents' "December turn merry."

"My mother is a woman who values quality and appreciates what she has been granted and earned," Dodson explained to WYFF News 4. "From humble farm beginnings, she has always been a Southern host who seeks to provide, present, accommodate, and serve. She had recently unpacked this skillet and was preparing to clean it and season it because she has a gas grill top. This piece of the family, an heirloom really, would have been wonderful to maintain, preserve, and pass on."

Anyone with information is asked to email Stuartdodson.21@gmail.com.