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Homeless Man Shows Us How to be Better Human Beings

Glen James

Glen James never expected so much as a pat on the back for doing what he knew in his heart was the right thing. But a slew of supporters are still inundating him with praise, donations and support for showing us all how to be better people.

The upstanding homeless Boston man has become something of a local celebrity after the city caught wind of how he returned a backpack filled with $2,400 in cash and $39,500 in traveler’s checks, the Boston Herald reported. After James turned in the bag, which he found at the South Bay Mall in Dorchester, the police decided to honor the scrupulous guy.

“[His actions] were really a remarkable tribute to him and his honesty,” Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said at the ceremony, according to

But a plaque and some kind words weren’t enough for some of James’ fans.

When Ethan Whittington, a Virginia native, caught wind of the story  he decided to launch an online campaign to raise funds for James.

“Let’s all chip in and help this man change his life,” Whittington wrote on the gofundme fundraising site. “Every little donation helps. Let’s be reassured that there is still hope and humanity in our great nation.”

As soon as the campaign went up, donations started pouring in.

The fund had collected more than $22,000 as of press time.

Whittington told Boston Magazine that he plans on coordinating with the Boston Police Department to make sure that James gets the donations.

“Mr. James has restored my faith in humanity,” wrote one donor who gave $10.

For James, returning the money was as obvious of a decision for him.

“Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a…penny of the money I found,” James said at the ceremony, according to “I am extremely religious — God has always very well looked after me.”

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