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UPDATE 10/5 > Homeless Man Finds $40K. Returns The Money - Don't Give Up Faith In Each Other

UPDATE 10/5: Glen James finally met his benefactor Ethan Whittington this week.



Fundraiser Started For Homeless Man Who Turned In $40,000, Passport
By Steve Annear | Boston Daily | September 16, 2013 4:27 pm

Boston Police
Fundraiser Started For Homeless Man Who Turned In $40,000, Passport

Glen James found the bag full of cash in Dorchester, and promptly alerted police.

When Ethan Whittington found out that a homeless man in Boston discovered more than $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks and immediately turned in the money to police—rather than keeping it for himself—he decided it was only right to reward the man.

“I read the article about it, and I was like ‘I heard about GoFundMe.com,’ and I haven’t dealt with it so much, but it seemed like a great opportunity to help someone out,” said Whittington, who is trying to raise tens of thousands of dollars to donate to the man, Glen James. “I thought what he did was very honorable.”

The story of James, who lives in a local shelter, garnered national attention, which is what prompted Whittington to start the fundraising page.

According to police, on September 14, James found a black backpack that contained more than $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks, along with a passport, while the South Bay Center in Dorchester. Once he notified authorities, officers took custody of the backpack and its contents. The owner of the bag was later located, and his property was returned. James was honored by police on Monday afternoon, and given a special citation by Police Commissioner Ed Davis. James received the citation for his “extraordinary show of character and honesty,” police said.

During the ceremony, James handed out a written statement, according to Boston.com, thanking everyone who has ever put money in his cup when panhandling. “Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a … penny of the money I found. I am extremely religious — God has always very well looked after me,” the statement read.

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More than 500 miles away in

More than 500 miles away in Midlothian, Va., Ethan Whittington read about the story online. He decided the good Samaritan deserved more than a plaque, so he started an online campaign to help James. The effort has raised more than $148,000 from people around the world. A trust has been created to help with tax issues and to ensure the funds are used specifically to help James and not get spent on drugs or alcohol.

On Thursday, Whittington flew to Boston to meet James for the first time.

“Thanks for everything,” James said during their meeting in an NBC affiliate studio.

“Thank YOU — you’re the one who deserves the thank you for sure,” Whittington responded.

He didn't return anything.

He gave it to the state.

And to be honest the state probably stole the money from tax payers before losing it.

He should have kept it.

Saying that he is the embodiment of morality is like saying a soldier who puts his life on the line for the state to kill the states enemies is the embodiment of morality. The truth is, this man is a good slave to the state.


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Updated posted by Ethan Whittington 2 hours ago

Donations just keep pouring in. I have had people willing to donate computers, clothes, food, etc. I am also speaking with a few folks about the possibility of a house or apartment. A major organization also came forward with the opportunity of employment and an undisclosed donation. I will be working with their fundraising department for guidance the rest of the way.