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

News-DemocratMarch 5, 2014 

AP GRAPHICS

— 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 edonald@bnd.com or 618-239-2507.

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service