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Goodwill employee reports $42,000 cash found in donated clothes [Video]



  • Andrea Lessing, Oklahoma Goodwill’s new employee, found stacks of $100 bills amounting to $42,000 while she was sorting clothes.
  • She knew that the money would enable her to give her daughter an “amazing” birthday party.
  • But Andrea’s honesty led the cash back to its rightful owner, who rewarded her with $1,000 she could spend for her daughter.

A big amount of cash found in donated goods could be safe to keep, but a charity shop employee thinks otherwise.

Andrea Lessing is a new employee at Goodwill Industries in Oklahoma. One day, when she was sorting clothes and looking for rips and stains, she was stunned to see stacks of $100 bills stuffed inside two old sweaters.

Andrea initially thought that the bills were fake, only to realize that they were absolutely real!

The lost money is reportedly the largest cash find so far in Oklahoma Goodwill and ranks among the top finds in the charity shop internationally.

Photo Credit: Lacey Lett

In that moment of disbelief, the only thing that Andrea was thinking of was her six-year-old daughter, who is about to celebrate her birthday.

“Her birthday is coming up in July, so I can actually give her an amazing birthday party,” the Goodwill employee told KFOR, a local news station.

Although the money was right in front of her, Andrea knew the right thing to do. She said that she believes in karma and couldn’t imagine keeping the money to herself. So, she immediately reported the lost-and-found cash.

Photo Credit: Lacey Lett

Fortunately, the shop in Norman, Oklahoma was able to track down the rightful owner as there was some identifiable documentation bundled with the money.

Apparently, the owners had already forgotten about the cash. Grateful over Andrea’s integrity, the owners gave her $1,000 — which just made her break down and cry.

“Since we gave her the reward on Thursday. I spoke to her yesterday, and she is still in shock—and awed by their generosity,” Lacey Lett, the Director of Communications at Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, told GNN.

Andrea’s honesty paid off — a confirmation on her part that she “made the right decision.” The reward will surely help her in giving her daughter an “amazing birthday,” without any risk or worries on her end.


As she puts it, “if you do something good, then something good will come back to you.”

And this, right here, speaks so real.

Source: Good News Network