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Dr. Joel Schlessinger donates to homeless man who returned backpack with $42K

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger donates to homeless man who returned backpack with $42KDr. Joel Schlessinger recently donated to an online fundraiser, praising the honesty of a homeless man who returned a backpack that was filled with $42,000.

Glen James, a homeless man from Boston, Mass., found an abandoned bag in front of a department store. The bag contained $2,400 in cash and $39,500 in travelers’ checks. He flagged down police and turned in the bag. The money was returned to its owner.

Ethan Whittington started an online fundraiser to award James and his efforts. People who have donated to the fundraiser are touched by Glen James’s honesty, including Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“This is such a feel-good story,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “What incredible honesty!”

The money will be given to James after the fundraiser ends. It has been discussed that James will be assisted by a financial planner, but ultimately that choice is up to James.

You can also donate to Glen James at the GoFundMe website.

What would you do if you found $42,000 in a backpack? Share your answer in the comments below.

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  • Jenette Morrow says:

    You know……..I first thought I would write that of course I would return it but then I looked at it from Mr. James’s perspective and tried to imagine myself being homeless and hungry when I find a bag of money…my gosh I would probably think it was a gift from god. At the very least I would think I was extremely lucky…..the more I think about it I am realizing that I am being very ignorant in my thinking if I truly believe that I would return this large amount of money without a second thought, so I’ve come to realize that Mr. Glen James is even more incredible of a man than I originally thought he was. Thank you Glen for reaffirming my belief that there are still good and honest people in this world. Hopefully I’ll meet you in heaven because I know you’ll be there!

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