Man Accidentally Gives Away Life Savings

December 2, 2011 by staff 

Man Accidentally Gives Away Life Savings, Call me cynical, but when I hear an old man “accidentally” donated a suit with his entire life savings in the pocket, I get suspicious. Yeah, I’m thinking, Uh huh, and there’s a bridge in Brooklyn for sale too, right? But gosh darnit if one geriatric hasn’t made my pessimistic old heart go pitter pat!

Because when word got out that the Goodwill in the Quad City area of Iowa and Illinois couldn’t recover the jacket or the $13,000 in cash, big-hearted people started pulling up the couch cushions to replenish the 80-year-old man’s piggy bank. And the as yet unidentified man — that’s right, he’s not putting his face on every TV station saying pity meeeeee — issued a statement via his daughter to please STOP donating.

According to the family’s only statement to the media:

Our family would like to thank each and every one of you that have come forward wanting to make a donation to my father for the money he has lost. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from around the world. My father’s wishes are to respectfully decline any donations of any kind. He only wanted someone to come forward with the money he gave away in error. God bless all of you. Sincerely, Our Family.

OK, now hold on one cotton pickin’ minute. An elderly man with a cancer-stricken wife who takes it upon himself to actually be neighborly and donate clothes during the holiday season doesn’t think he deserves our help when his life savings up and disappears? Oh no, no, no, no, no! He’s not getting off that easy.

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