While still celebrating the wonderful angels disguised as humans in our midst, here is a quick update for those of you who read the story of the good Samaritan who found over $40,000.00 and turned it in. What really made that story stand out is the fact that he needed every penny for himself: he is homeless.
In this update, we get to put a face to the story and hear how society plans to reward him.
A crowd-sourcing campaign seeks to fundraise $50,000 for Glen James, who said he never even considered keeping a penny from the stranger’s money.
BY LEE MORAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Boston Police Commissioner Edward David honors Glen James for his ‘extraordinary show of character and honesty.’
A homeless Boston man who found $40,000 in a backpack has been hailed a hero — after he turned it all over to police.
Glen James, who’s lived on the streets for eight years, said he didn’t consider keeping the haul for even a second after unearthing it at South Bay Mall on Saturday night.
“Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny,” the Good Samaritan told a news conference Monday.
Proving that honesty is often the best policy, he’s now the subject of a $50,000 fundraising campaign — with residents already donating $6,000 cash in a bid to improve his situation.
James, who became homeless after losing his job as a Boston municipal court clerk in 2005, has also seen an upturn in the amount of street donations he receives.
STEVEN SENNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
People are raising money for James, who found $2,400 in U.S. currency and almost $40,000 in traveler’s checks in a backpack at a Boston mall.
“It’s just nice to have some money in one’s pocket so that as a homeless man I don’t feel absolutely broke all the time,” he told Boston Magazine.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward David honored James at the press call.
He gave him a special citation and thanked him for “an extraordinary show of character and honesty.”
Boston Magazine reports that the backpack that contained $2,400 in U.S. currency and almost $40,000 in traveler’s checks belonged to a Chinese student.
Impressed resident Ethan Whittington started the crowd-sourcing fundraising campaign on GoFundMe.com to thank James for “doing the right thing.”
“I thought what he did was very honorable,” he said.