​Goodwill Worker $10,000: Volunteer Returns Goodwill Cash​​

August 10, 2021

A Goodwill item can sometimes become treasures, and that was the case of one worker who found $10,000 in cash but decided to return it. Lakeisha Williams was sorting through Goodwill donations at the Stockton, California, collection spot.

Williams then found an envelope full of $100 bills, but instead of pocketing the cash, she reported the cash to her manager.

“My concern was, someone is out that money and I’d like for them to get it back,” Williams told KXTV.

Goodwill’s policy for such incidents is to hold the money for the donor, ifin the event that they misplaced it.

“What we did is we take the money … and put it into a holding account,” David Miller, president of Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley told ABC, “We wait usually a pretty good amount of time to see if somebody comes forward and identifies themselves and says they made a donation and a mistake.”

If the donor does not come forward to claim the money within 120 days, however, the cash will be treated as a donation to Goodwill, and Williams will be awarded 10 percent of it — roughly $1,000 — for turning it in.

“We have a policy to reward our employees for their honesty and integrity,” Miller told ABC.

Similar incidents have occurred around the country this year. In May, a good Samaritan in Chicago returned $8,000 in cash he found outside of a bank for fear that someone could lose their job over the lost money.

Weeks later, an unemployed Texas school teacher did the same when she discovered $20,000 on the side of a road in a Chase bank bag.