Glen James, a homeless man living in Boston, found nearly $42,000 in a backpack this week and turned it all in to authorities. He was hailed as a hero and honored by the Boston Police Commissioner for "his extraordinary show of character and honesty." The tale could end there as an excellent Good Samaritan story for the day, but there's more. A man from Richmond, Va., who has never met James read about the story and decided more could be done to reward him.
Ethan Whittington launched a GoFundMe.com campaign for James, who says he has been homeless since 2005. Whittington said he wanted to raise some money to "help this man change his life," thinking he might raise a few hundred dollars. As of Wednesday, more than 3,100 people had donated more than $78,000. Wittington said he is talking to an organization that will help James manage the money, and hopes that this is an example of how we can all help each other if we make the effort. "I feel like, if everybody could come together and create one goal like we've done for Glen, why stop with him? Why can't we influence more people?" Whittington told WSFA 12 News.