Goodwill Employees' Jaws Drop When They See What's Inside Of A Donation Bag

One couple were getting ready to move, and in the shuffle, they made a terrible blunder. The couple accidentally sent a huge wad of cash to Goodwill. The money was in a bag that got mixed in with clothing and other items they had intended to donate.

The Goodwill employees showed some truly good will when they found the money; they contacted the police, and the money made its way back to the rightful owner.

Dan and Lynette Leckrone of Lewisville, Ohio had been saving for a long time to buy a house. The couple were getting ready to move, switch banks and make their big deposit. In all the confusion, somehow their life savings got mixed up with their Goodwill donations. The couple didn't even realize that the money was missing.

Goodwill employees Betsy Lyons and Barb Claypool were sorting through boxes of donations when Claypool came across a duffel bag in one of the boxes. She opened it and showed Lyons what se found: nearly $100,000 in cash.

"I just laughed and said, 'Look at all my money I found,'" Claypool said. "I thought it was play money. Then Betsy came over and said we needed to take that to the office."

Lyons also thought the money was fake at first, but upon inspection she realized it was real. "When I realized the money wasn't fake it was kind of scary," Lyons said. "I thought what if someone comes back looking for it."

Janelle Schaffer, the Zanesville Goodwill store manager, said, "Thank goodness she asked for a receipt when the lady dropped the donation off so we had her contact information."

But when Schaffer tried calling the number, the call wouldn't go through. The manager eventually got in touch with police and reported the large sum of money.

Finally, with the help of police, Schaffer was able to get in touch with Mrs. Leckrone. The couple had no idea they'd just donated their life savings.

"We were taking the money to deposit it in another bank where we were moving to. We had our trunk full of clothes and things we wanted to get rid of but we don't have a Goodwill near where we live so we took the things to Zanesville where we have family," Leckrone said, noting that when they got home and listened to their messages they were shocked.

"We picked the money up at the police department and took it straight to the bank," Leckrone said. "We are so thankful to everyone that we got our money back."

"We find the occasional $100 bill or $50 bill but that's about the most that is found," said Michelle Cogswell, manager of Goodwill Industries. The non-profit organization helps provide job training and other community-based services to people who face challenges. The store has thrift shops across the country where people donate clothing, housewares, furniture, books and other items.

"When I heard they found $100,000, I thought they meant $1,000," said Cogswell. "Since October we have found about $1,200, mostly in change in pockets and purses, etcetera... so that kind of puts it in perspective how big this is."

Schaffer says she wasn't surprised that Lyons and Claypool did the right thing. "We have some honest, loyal employees," Schaffer said. "I'm very proud of them."

Source: USA Today
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