BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – A fund set up for the homeless man who turned in a backpack containing tens of thousands of dollars in cash and traveler's checks has met and surpassed its $50,000 goal.
Glen James, who said he is from Boston and has been homeless since 2005, said he wouldn't have kept "even a penny" from the backpack he found outside a T.J. Maxx in Dorchester's South Bay Plaza. The backpack contained $2,400 in U.S. currency, almost $40,000 in traveler's checks, Chinese passports, and other personal papers.
James turned the backpack in to police who in turn reunited the rightful owner with his belongings.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis honored James Monday, giving him a special citation and thanking him for an "extraordinary show of character and honesty."
During the ceremony, James, who worked as a file clerk in the Boston municipal court system for 13 years, said in a statement that God had always looked after him. James also suffers from Meniere's disease, which the Mayo Clinic describes as an inner ear disorder that causes episodes of vertigo.
The GoFundMe page was created by Ethan Whittington and reached its goal of $50,000 in 24 hours. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, the fund had raised $55,189 through 2,078 donations.
After meeting the goal, Whittington upped the challenge to $500,000.
To make a donation to James, head to http://www.gofundme.com/4by2as.
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