Strangers Donate $70K To Homeless Man

FINALLY a “feel good” story instead of the consistent stream of negativity we see/hear all day on the news has happened!

 

A homeless man living in Boston had no idea he would become so popular after he approached a nearby police officer to hand over a backpack he’d found in TJ Maxx with more than $40,000 in cash and travelers checks inside. The Boston Police Department awarded the man, Glen James, “A Good Samaritan” certificate.

 

But that’s not the end of the story… [WSFA]

 


 

After reading how James found the backpack and money and then selflessly returned it, Ethan Whittington decided to take action. A friend had recently told him about a website for crowd-funding and he decided to set up an account.

 

Whittington started a page on the website GoFundMe.com, jokingly thinking he could raise $300 or $400 for James. “I was going to send it to the P.O. box that it listed on the article I read,” Whittington explained.

 

The outpouring of support was explosive. Within 24 hours, more than 2,000 strangers had donated more than $55,000 to the cause, shocking even the man who started the page. As the hours tick away, the donations have only grown to over $70,000.

 

Whittington says he’s talking with an organization that will help him manage the project adding that he’s received offers for computers, clothing and possibly even a job and housing for James. Whittington says he wanted to do something more than just hand over a check to James, that he wanted to positively influence the man’s life, and spark others to do the same.

 


 

A new, more ambitious goal of raising $250,000 is now underway. If you would like to donate, you can do so HERE.

 

Awesome.

 

 

–Justin

About justin

He was the kid that you probably hated in elementary school. Loud, obnoxious, and attention-seeking, Justin was intent on getting what he wanted at all costs. After too many summers spent in some form of a plaster-cast, he settled for what his teachers couldn't stand: TALKING! As it turns out, it worked!

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