They say you’ll never know what other people feel unless you have been in their shoes. So when a homeless man finally had a stroke of luck, he decided to share it with others instead.
On an early morning in September, Kevin Booth was looking for the free bread that gets left outside the bank for people to take. However, what he found was much better than bread. It was a brown paper bag stuffed with cash that amounted to US$ 17,000.
“At first, I was like, what the heck is that lying on the ground? Of course, I sniffed it to see if it was real. Then I was like, do I take off or do I stay?”
Although the huge amount could certainly help him start a new life, he just couldn’t seem to turn his back on the other less fortunate people. Knowing that the money would be put in good use in the food bank, he chose to donate it rather than keeping it for himself.
“There are a lot of people who would have taken it. I’m just not that person.”
So Kevin hung around the Sumner Community Food Bank until it opened about 20 minutes later. He then handed the treasure bag to a volunteer who opened the door for him at 7:30 a.m.
She was shocked to hear about what had been left outside their door, and she immediately called the police. After waiting the necessary 90 days for someone to claim the cash, they turned it over to the food bank and honored Kevin for his compassion.
The food bank decided to give him a variety of gift cards over time to protect him, rather than a lump sum. The food bank director, Anita Miller says Kevin has turned down her offers of shelter, although he does accept her gifts of winter clothes.
After hearing about his story, a GoFundMe page was launched by a Sumner resident to raise money for Kevin.
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