Last week on September 14th a homeless man, Glen James, came across a backpack full of cash and travelers checks. He had discovered more than $40,000 – along with a passport – new Boston. In light of such a windfall many people would quickly look around and welcome their new found fortune but for Mr. James that was not an option. He quickly contacted police so the backpack and the contents could be returned to the rightful owner.
The owner of the backpack was promptly found – certainly to his great relief. The police recognized that James had displayed “extraordinary show of character and honesty” and decided to give him a special citation.
As word spread across the internet about this act of honesty a gentleman named Ethan Whittington decided to do something about it and – as has happened in the past – he decided to start a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe and has already raised almost $10,000 on his goal of raising $50,000 to help this homeless man.
Whittington posted on his campaign page, “A homeless man by the name of Glen James found $40,000 yesterday and promptly returned the backpack with all of its contents. Lets all chip in and help this man change his life. Every little donation helps. Lets be reassured that there is still hope and humanity in our great nation.”
The Richmond, Virginia resident intends on contacting the Boston Police to be able to reach out to James. He has also acknowledged there are some challenges in potentially handing over a large sum of money to any individual. Whittington is working on the details and where share them on his crowdfunding campaign page.
Whittington is taking the high road with his project. An update on his GoFundMe page states his firm belief, “One person at a time can change the world!”
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