In July 2013, while going through some donations at a Goodwill collection spot in Stockton, California, Goodwill employee Lakeisha Williams found an envelope stuffed with $10,500 in $100 bills among some donated books. She turned the money in. She said, “My concern was, someone is out that money and I’d like for them to get it back.” Goodwill keeps accidentally donated large amounts of money for a few months in order to give the owner time to reclaim the money. According to Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley President David Miller, “What we did is we take the money … and put it into a holding account, and we wait usually a pretty good amount of time to see if somebody comes forward and identifies themselves and says they made a donation and a mistake.” He added, “If nothing happens at that point … and [if] all indicators are that nobody is claiming the money, at that point in time we put it into our normal donation stream revenue for our agency. We have a policy to reward our employees for their honesty and integrity.” Goodwill policy is that if the money is not claimed after at least 120 days, Ms. Williams will receive approximately 10 percent of it. Mr. Miller added that accidental donations occasionally happen: “Whether it’s clothing, household items, cash, jewelry, they realize oops, they didn’t want that to get donated. They make contact with us and let us know.” He said that Ms. Williams had acted “kindly and correctly” when she handed in the money.
For Further Information: Tim Daly, “Does this Stockton Goodwill employee deserve a reward for turning in $10,500?” KXTV (Sacramento, California). 7 August 2013
For Further Information: Christina Ng, “California Goodwill Employee Finds $10K in Cash.” ABC News. 8 August 2013
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