1.6 min readBy Published On: September 17th, 2013Categories: Features2 Comments on 40K backpack returned

Inspired – how you can help!

In case you live under a rock and you missed the local story of the week, Glenn James, a Boston homeless shelter resident found a backpack at South Bay Mall on Saturday night.  It wasn’t just any backpack but a backpack filled with $2,400 in cash, almost $40,000 in traveler’s checks, Chinese passports and other personal papers.  Glenn James didn’t take the cash – even though he could use it – instead he did a very good deed and turned it in to a nearby Boston police officer.

BPD Commissioner Ed Davis honored Glenn on Monday with a citation for his “extraordinary show of character and honesty”.  James has been homeless for eight years after losing his job as a file clerk.  He suffers from Meniere’s disease and finds it difficult to hold down a job.  Even though hard times have fallen upon James, he feels blessed.  According to a written statement by James reported by the Boston Globe, “Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a … penny of the money I found. I am extremely religious — God has always very well looked after me.”

With this in mind, a South Boston-based organization, Sharing Counts wants you to join them in their efforts to raise some money for this good samaritan.  According to Sharing Counts blog, they will be working through the Boston Police to make sure that all donations go to Mr. James directly. They also wish for you to “share his story by liking it on Facebook and tweeting it to your followers! Together, let’s start a grassroots effort and help Mr. James get back on his feet!”

So what do you say, Southie?  Let’s do this!

To make a donation visit: http://tinyurl.com/pp7gv6a

To learn more about Sharing Counts visit: https://www.sharingcounts.com/


  1. Anonymous September 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm
    Glad the police have custody of that backpack so they can investigate the contents.
  2. Kevin Conroy September 19, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Why isn’t there something local being put together for this guy?  The last report I saw the amount was around $50K.

    This guy is making money off someone elses good deed.  I used to see Glen out on High St. in town.  I would make a point to say hello and ask him how he was.  

    When I saw this report on TV,  I was not surprised it was him.  God Bless Him.

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