By Jane Nambi
Boston police rewarded the homeless man who returned a back pack which contained $40,000 in traveler’s checks and $2,400 in cash.
Glen James returned the back pack which belonged to a Chinese student who had accidentally left it outside the store to the police and the owner of the bag was located and given back the bag. The bag contained the student’s passport.
James was rewarded with a special citation from police in addition to an online fundraising campaign which managed to raise over $16,000 for his cause.
Glen James said in a written statement that he “would not have kept even a penny” of the money he found in the back last week on Saturday in a black backpack outside a TJ Maxx store in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis thanked James for his “extraordinary show of character and honesty” during a news conference Monday. James revealed he is from Boston and has been homeless since 2005 after losing his job as a file clerk in the Boston municipal court system, according to The Associated Press. He said he relies on food stamps and panhandling to get by.
“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 said of the generosity of others.
James’ fortunes will likely change, thanks to the publicity his good deed has received. Just hours after his identity was made public, an online fundraising campaign was started by Ethan Whittington, a complete stranger.
Whittington’s page for James on the GoFundMe.com website has raised nearly $17,000 towards its $50,000 goal in less than 24 hours.