Donations for honest homeless man Glen James top $147,000
Last Updated: 63 days ago
Fundraising for a Boston homeless man named Glen James quickly took off when he was heralded as an honest guy after handing in a backpack he found that contained over $40,000 in cash and travelers checks in September 2013.
A GoFundMe.com campaign raised more than $147,300 in two weeks and is still going with a goal of $250,000.
Many people have contacted Ethan Whittington, the man who organized the fundraiser, about James and expressed interest in doing this for him including donating computers to James, providing him dental care and helping him find a job.
Whittington told ABCNews.com that he planning on traveling to Boston this week to give James the money that has been raised.
Whittington has been in "complete shock" about the amount of money that has been raised.
"It's completely changing my life," he said. "It gets you thinking. Imagine the possibilities if we continue to do this as a nation. It's so inspiring to see the way that everyone is coming together."
Whittington said James is "ecstatic." He suggested to James the possibility of someone to help him with handling the money when he gets it.
"I want to be very careful about how we go about doing it," Whittington said. "It's a lot of money. If someone came up to me and handed me a hundred grand I wouldn't know what the hell to do with it."
The money has been raised by nearly 6,000 strangers. Donations and messages have poured in from all over the U.S. as well as countries as far as Brazil, France and Australia.
"I want this to come out to be a positive influence for his life, not for it to be completely out of control and then we have some horror story a couple of months from now," he said.