UPDATE on Sept. 19, 2013 (1:15 p.m. CT): Glen James has become the nation’s most recent Good Samaritan to make headlines across the country due to his very good deed, according to Montgomery, Alabama’s NBC television affiliate WSFA on Wednesday. On Monday, he also received an award from the Boston Police Department for what he did last Saturday night. He turned in a backpack to police which contained in excess of $40,000 in cash and travelers checks.
After turning in the backpack that James found outside of a TJ Maxx store in Dorchester, police discovered there was a passport which helped identify the owner, $2,400 in cash, and travelers’ checks worth tens of thousands of dollars.
One Good Samaritan story has woven yet another Good Samaritan story in the days that followed the story about Glen James. It turns out that James is homeless – and apparently in need of good fortune of his own. And that’s exactly what he’s getting after his good deed.
Ethan Whittington, an Alabama native, read about Glen James’ good deed and that fact that he is homeless. Being moved by the story in which James turned in the backpack, Whittington – who now lives in Richmond, Virginia – decided to go to a web site – GoFundMe.com – and start a fundraiser account for James. He had hoped to raise a couple hundred dollars for the homeless man, but found out others were moved by what James had done, too.
In the first 24 hours, more than 2,000 persons had donated more than $55,000. At last count, on Thursday afternoon, there is $104,000 in the account. The latest goal of the project is to raise $250,000.
Whittington has also received offers which will provide James with computers and clothing – and possibly a job and housing. Whittington said that he hopes other people will follow his example by helping good people in need. He also wants to have a positive influence on James’ life.
Click here if you would like to donate to the Glen James account set up by Ethan Whittingham.