BOSTON – A fund set up for a homeless man who turned in a backpack he found filled with more than $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks has raised more than twice that much.
Glen James flagged down a police officer Saturday after he found a backpack containing $2,400 in cash and nearly $40,000 in traveler’s checks at the South Bay Mall in Boston. The man who lost it told workers at a nearby store at the mall and they called police, who later returned the backpack to him.
After reading media accounts of James’ honesty, a stranger, Ethan Whittington, of Midlothian, Va., started a fund for James on the crowdfunding site gofundme.com. By early Thursday – just over 48 hours later – donations were $91,855 and growing.