A homeless man is being hailed as a hero after he selflessly turned in $17,000 in cash after finding it outside of the Sumner Food Bank in Sumner, Washington.
Kevin Booth found a bag outside the food bank, and he decided to feed his curiosity by seeing what was inside it. He was stunned to see that the bag contained $17,000 in cash.
“At first, I was like, what the heck is that lying on the ground?” recalled Kevin, 32.
Despite the fact that he is homeless, Kevin never considered keeping the money for himself. Instead, he stayed put outside the food bank until it opened, giving it to a volunteer as soon as she got there.
“He said, ‘This is for you, somebody left it on your doorstep,’” said Anita Miller, director of the Sumner Food Bank.
The volunteer sensed that something was wrong when she saw the money, so she called the police. Cops kept the cash in their possession for ninety days in the hopes that someone would claim it, and when nobody did, they returned the money to the food bank.
The Sumner Police Department then held a special ceremony in which they presented the food bank with the money and honored Kevin for being a good citizen and turning it in. The food bank gave Kevin gift cards to his favorite store, Fred Meyer, as a thank you for what he did.
“Not every citizen would be as honest as you in this situation,” Police Chief Brad Moericke told Kevin.
Anita said that the food bank is planning to use the $17,000 to buy a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, and then use the rest to expand their facility. Kevin lives in a tent in the woods, and he has refused offers from the food bank to help him get shelter, but he has no regrets about turning in the money.
“There are a lot of people who would have taken it,” he said. “I’m just not that person.”