Established 2005 Registered Charity No. 1110656

Scottish Charity Register No. SC043760

current issue

February – March 2024 : The little things READ ONLINE


Honesty pays

October 09 2013
Homeless man’s good deed leads to unexpected wealth


A homeless man who handed in a bag he found containing $42,000 (£26,000) in cash and travellers cheques, could soon have enough cash to buy his own house thanks to a stranger inspired by his story.

Glen James, who has been homeless since 2005, found the bag in a Boston shopping mall last month and it was reunited with its owner after he reported the find at the police station.

Inspired by the publicity, Virginia resident Ethan Whittington felt compelled to organise a crowdsource reward for Mr James.

He upped his target to $250,000 after the goal of $50,000 was met and cheques continued to pour in.

Mr James was also presented with a Special Citation award by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis at the Boston Police headquarters last month.