Woman accidentally donates $5,000 to Sunset Hills Goodwill store

Woman accidentally donates $5,000 to Sunset Hills Goodwill store

Woman accidentally donates $5,000 to Sunset Hills Goodwill store

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

(KMOV) – Employees of the Sunset Hills MERS Goodwill say they have found the rightful owner of $5,000 found in a donation box on March 14.

An employee of the Goodwill store in the 10000 block of Watson Rd. found the massive donation while sifting through the donation box.

Store employees reviewed surveillance video and determined the donation must have been made on the day before.

“The video showed 49 different people made a donation in that time frame,” said Dr. Lewis Chartock, President and CEO of MERS/Goodwill.  “Out of the 12 claims MERS/Goodwill received, we were able to narrow down the owners though the individual details from those claims.”

Chartock said they met with the individuals who met the criteria and determined it belonged to an Affton woman who had recently donated six trash bags of items. Store employees said one of the bags contained $5,000 that had belonged to her father, who had recently passed away.

“We had just written the acknowledgement of Dad’s passing, and I didn’t even want to clean out his drawers but we did. There were a number of bags that we had sitting in his room for a long time, and it was time to give them away,” said the donor, who wished to remain anonymous.
The woman and her husband said they happened to be listening to the local news when they heard about the cash found.

It’s not the first time a local Goodwill store has been given a massive mysterious donation.

In May, the manager of the Goodwill store in the 10,000 block of Baptist Church Road found over $14,000 in a donation box. A St. Louis County judge later ruled that the $14,505 discovered should go to Renee Stout of Webster Groves, who said the money came from her parents’ home in Columbia, Ill.

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