NATION -- September 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM ET
Crowdsourcing raises more than $76k for homeless good samaritan
Glen James, a homeless man living in Boston, received a special citation from the city's police department in honor of a good deed. The deed? Turning in a lost backpack containing almost $40,000 in traveler's checks and thousands more in cash.
He may be getting a lot more than that soon.
Ethan Whittington of Virginia was inspired by James' samaritan act and, apparently thinking the police citation wasn't quite sufficient, started a page on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.com, hoping to raise some money to give James.
A homeless man by the name of Glen James found $40,000 yesterday and promptly returned the backpack with all of its contents. Lets all chip in and help this man change his life. Every little donation helps. Let's be reassured that there is still hope and humanity in our great nation.
Within 24 hours, over 2,000 strangers had donated over $55,000. Now on day two, over 3,000 people had contributed more than $76,000 as of this publishing. Others had pledged clothing, computers and more.The goal, according to the site, is to raise a quarter million dollars for James.