- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

After hearing reports of a Boston homeless man turning in a bag filled with $42,000 in cash and travelers checks, a man in Alabama decided to pay it forward.

Ethan Whittington raised over $70,000 for Glenn James, who alerted police after finding the bag in a TJ Maxx parking lot, Fox News reported.

James was honored at a police ceremony on Tuesday.


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“When I read the story yesterday about this man, you know, being in the situation that he’s in and doing the honorable thing, it makes you feel good. It makes you feel like there’s still people in this world that still care,” Mr. Whittington told a local Fox affiliate.

He set up an account on GoFundMe.com and saw it quickly ticking up. On Tuesday night the amount reached $50,000.

Mr. James, who lives in a homeless shelter, noticed a young man at the South Bay plaza in Boston leave behind the bag, the report said.

“God has always very well looked after me,” he wrote in a statement. “Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny.”