Homeless Man Turns Down $5,000 Donation, Wants Job Instead

| by Lauren Briggs

A homeless man in Victoria, Canada, who recently garnered media attention for turning in $2,400 that he found on the street, has rejected a $5,000 donation, reports the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The man, who remains anonymous at his request, found the money in mid June in Langford, British Columbia. It is unusual for somebody to turn in such a large amount of money, and the man, who is in his 60s and homeless, won over a solid group of fans with his good deed, reports Victoria Buzz.

After the police department successfully matched up the lost money with its owner, supporters, spearheaded by Mike Kelly of Victoria Buzz, set up a GoFundMe page to reward him and raised more than $5,000 to help get him back on his feet.

Cst. Alex Berube, of the West Shore RCMP, took it upon himself to track down the man.

“After hearing this story and seeing how this case touched so many people, I took a personal interest in finding this man, looking for him everywhere while on and off shift,” he told the RCMP website. “It's not easy tracking down a person of no fixed address and no phone, but I kept trying because I needed to tell him about how the community had rallied together to help him.”

Berube found the anonymous man on June 22 and informed him of Mike Kelly’s fundraising campaign, telling him “that he had thousands of dollars waiting for him,” he told RCMP. “His response surprised me yet again, when instead of asking how to collect it, he asked me how to donate it to Our Place and other food service providers for people in need.”

Investigators requested the man sleep on it and return the next day with his answer. He did but remained firm that the money should be donated as requested, adding that what he needs is a job.

Kelly, determined to help the man find employment, is now coordinating that search.

“Here is a man who is facing many challenges, yet despite that, he chose to do the right thing and see that another person wasn't left short thousands of dollars and facing the challenges that would bring them,” Kelly said.

Sources: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Victoria Buzz, GoFundMe
Photo Credit: RCMP, Sara Long/Flickr