At least 15 people try to claim Goodwill cash; accidental donor not found

News-DemocratMarch 5, 2014 


— No one has yet claimed the cash accidentally left at Goodwill, though at least 15 people have tried.

Goodwill spokesman Stephanie Flynn said would-be donors have called to claim the money left in an article of clothing donated to the Glen Carbon Goodwill. But no one has matched the description of the donation thus far, she said.

On Monday, someone donated items to the Glen Carbon Goodwill between 3:45 and 4 p.m. It came from either a black SUV or a white SUV, as captured on security camera footage, which has not been released to the public.

When employee Maureen Lane was sorting the clothes, she found $2,500 in cash.

Store manager Mildred Altevogt said that some people have called in to claim the money, and she has referred them to the non-profit organization's St. Louis office, which is handling the matter.

It's not the first time this has happened: At the Glen Carbon store alone, $2,540 was found in August 2011 and $7,500 was found in 2008. Including all locations, approximately $37,000 has been "accidentally donated" to MERS Goodwill since 2008, Flynn said.

The donor has 30 days from Monday to claim the money by calling the corporate office at 314-982-8802.

After 30 days, the money will be put toward Goodwill programs.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.

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