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Man Accidentally Gives $13,000 ‘Life Savings’ To Goodwill

12/02/2021 06:42 PM ET

Man Gives Away Life Savings Goodwill - An elderly Illinois man has accidentally given $13,000 in life savings to Goodwill after dropping off some suits. When he realized what had happened, he quickly returned to the drop-off to locate the items. Dana Engelbert, who works for the non-profit organization, told him that it may be in Iowa City.

The 80-year-old man, who didn’t trust banks, had kept his money sewn inside the lining of one of his suits.

He is currently appealing for the cash return so that he can care for his wife, who has Stage 4 cancer.

Goodwill spokeswoman Dana Engelbert said the charity has searched the Moline store where the man made his donation but could not find the suit in question.

“We’re sorting through the donations that came in at the time,” Engelbert explained.

Goodwill employees are also searching through bins of donated clothes transported from the Moline facility to a regional warehouse in Iowa City.

“We’re hoping it’s still there and we can find it for them,” Engelbert said, “It’s their life savings. It’s important.”

The man’s daughter, who says she is remaining anonymous because he is “devastated and embarrassed” by the story, is offering a $1,000 reward for the suit’s new owner to return the cash.

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