Glen James is a homeless Boston-based man that took the Internet by storm when he turned in a backpack with $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks to the police. The police returned the bag to the owner of the backpack. Ethan Whittington (pictured above), a marketing firm employee, found out about James did and launched a fundraiser on GoFundMe.com for him.
“I just found James’ story to be inspiring,” stated Whittington in an interview with Reuters. “We’re so inundated with negative news all the time. James gives hope to people and lets them know not all things in the world are bad.”
The campaign had a goal of raising around $50,000, but it ended up hitting around $72,000 already. Around 3,000 people made the donations so far.
James told Whittington to give him a week to think about how to use the money so that it impacts his life in the best way possible. People have also offered to donate clothes, food, and computers to him.
This is a great story for restoring faith in humanity. In a world that is torn by wars and political differences, it is great to see news like this.