There’s a lot in the news that can make you want to curl up into a ball, close your eyes, and pretend that everything is totally normal. That’s why Glenn likes to highlight some good news, whether it be on his TV show or here on the website. Today, the story of a Boston homeless man, Glen James, who returned $2,400 in cash and $40,000 in traveller’s checks that he found on the street.
As he read, James noticed a young man nearby, sitting on an overturned carriage. He had a bag, too, a black backpack at his feet. James went back to his letter.
When James looked up again, the man was gone. But his bag was still there.
After a time, James went over to see what had been left behind. Inside, he found $2,400 in cash and nearly $40,000 in travelers checks, along with a passport and personal papers. For a homeless man who subsists on food stamps and spare change, it was a staggering sum, maybe even a chance at a new life.
What happened next?
Rather than take the money for himself, James turned the money into the police who tracked down the owner: a student visiting Boston from China.
“Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money found,” he said, “God has always very well looked after me.”
As recognition for his actions, the police honored James Monday and praised his “extraordinary show of character and honesty.”
James worked at a courthouse for 13 years before being fired. He has been homeless for several years.
After hearing James’s story, 27 year old Ethan Whittington, a Virginia resident, was inspired to take up a collection for the homeless man. It has so far raised over $70,000.
You can donate to the fund HERE.