It may be true that honesty is its own reward. But Glen James, the homeless Boston man who found $42,000 and turned it in to police, is being rewarded financially for his honest nature with online donations that topped $132,000 this week.
James has been hailed as a hero for the character he displayed when he promptly gave up the bag and what could have been a lucrative find. He was honored by the Boston Police Department at a ceremony Monday.
But a Virginia man saw the story and thought James deserved more recognition than that.
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Ethan Whittington created a Go Fund Me site for James
with an original goal of raising a few hundred dollars to help him. Then the goal went to $50,000. When donors blew by that dollar amount, Whittington changed the goal, which now sits at $250,000.
“Let's all chip in and help this man change his life,” Whittington wrote on the site. “Every little donation helps. Let's be reassured that there is still hope and humanity in our great nation.”
Whittington told Boston Magazine he will come to the city
to meet with James about the fundraiser.
He spoke with the homeless man Tuesday, and said James would like help in dealing with money.
“I don’t want to take any backlash for what we are trying to do, but I think most people would agree that some assistance would be needed, and he said he wanted it,” Whittington told the magazine, adding that he would leave it up to James whether he wanted media attention when he received the money.
CBS Boston reported that Whittington’s goal
, after it became clear that a lot of money was coming in, was to raise the dollars to buy James a house.
“There are a lot of moving parts going on right now,” Whittington told Boston Magazine. “People are offering to do lifetime dental work for Glen, people are offering to help find a house for him, and donating the commission from the sale of the house to him. ... Glen mentioned that he wanted to get out of the shelter, and that he wanted his own place, and I think we will be able to provide that for him.”
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