Online Fund For Honest Homeless Man Nears $100K

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Glen James is honored for his good deed. (Image Credit: CBS News)

A homeless Boston man who discovered and turned in a valuable backpack to police is now being recognized for his honesty with donations from across the nation.

The Boston Globe reports that as of early Thursday, an online fund for Glen James, set up by a Virginia man, had collected almost $100,000.

James, homeless, is being hailed a hero after he found a backpack containing more than $42,000 in cash and travelers checks and turned it over to authorities.

Ethan Whittington told The Globe he planned to keep the fund open for as long as people wanted to give:

“I just felt that this was somebody who needed to be rewarded for his good deeds,” said the 27-year-old Whittington, a marketing accounts manager from Midlothian, Va. “It’s just inspiring to see somebody do an honorable thing like that. If everybody could have the humanity that he did that day, and be together and warm, it’d be a special thing.”

Whittington would like the fund for James to hit $250,000. Read more here.