Homeless Golden Ager is Rewarded
Honesty is the best policy.

Glen James, a homeless Golden Ager is rewarded for honesty above and beyond anyone’s expectations. As it’s turned out, in this case, Plato’s philosophical insight, “Honesty is, for the most part, less profitable than dishonesty” is upside down. Honesty really is the best policy. This humble man has not only been recognized and rewarded, his entire life has been altered by the unbelievable series of events that followed his gallant act.

Three weeks ago, on September 14 (2013), Glen James, a homeless Golden Ager, found himself in just that situation. Outside the South Bay Mall in Boston, MA, he saw an apparently abandoned backpack. He investigated and found a bundle of money. One can only imagine his reaction. After giving it a moment’s thought he picked it up and clutched it to his body, then, looking right and left, hurried off ……… in search of a policeman. He didn’t stop until he found a patrol car cruising by and flagged it down. Glen gave the cop the backpack, its contents intact, to be “returned to its rightful owner.”

Glen James thought that was the end of it. He was simply an honest man who had done the right thing and now returned to his meager existence, panhandling for spare change outside the mall until it was time to claim a cot at the homeless shelter.

But that wasn’t the end of it. Word of his good deed reached the media and his story was broadcast all over the country. He was given a citation by Boston’s Police Commissioner in a televised presentation. Then he thought that was the end of it.

But over 500 miles away, in Midlothian, VA, a young man named Ethan Whittington heard Glen’s story and was touched by the heroism of a down-and-out homeless man who had found a fortune and kept none of it for himself.

Homeless Golden Ager is Rewarded for Honesty

To Ethan, Glen James was a hero who deserved more than a citation — a piece of paper. He thought the story shouldn’t end there, so he began collecting money through a crowd funding website and word spread worldwide. The goal is $250,000.00, of which $157,735.00 has been collected as of this writing, mostly in donations of small amounts.

Ethan’s online plea reads: “A homeless man by the name of Glen James found $40,000 yesterday and promptly returned the backpack with all of its contents. Let’s all chip in and help this man change his life. … Let’s be reassured that there is still hope and humanity in our great nation.”

A trust fund has been set up; many individuals and organizations are stepping up to help Glen get back on his feet. Ethan went to Boston to meet his hero and present the money to him. It’s been arranged that GoFundMe will link all further donations to Glen’s account, so all donations will go directly to him.

Of Glen, Ethan says, “I am happy to say that with the plans in motion, we have done our best to successfully create a life for Glen to succeed, instead of just hand him a bag of cash. It couldn’t have been a better scenario. He has a great head on his shoulders and just fell upon bad luck. Despite the unfortunate stereotype for homeless people, Glen has never had any substance abuse issues, so I am positive the money will be going to the right things. We have set him up with a trust, in which a trustee, requested to remain anonymous, agreed to help manage. He is working with a support group, which specifically deals with getting homeless people off the streets. They are providing him an apartment and guidance on finances, job training, and dealing with everyday life. They will also provide help for other things such as medical assistance, visiting the doctor, well-being, etc. The New England Dental Group has also agreed to provide lifetime care to Glen, if he chooses. I have also taken many comments off the site to share with Glen, and show him how he has changed thousands of lives.”

Glen, who cannot hold a job due to both méniere’s disease and a severe stutter, says, “Stutterers are great thinkers, because they are forced to listen …” Speaking is difficult so he wrote out his statement. “… There really isn’t (as) much difference between homeless and non-homeless people as we would like to think, but you would only find that out is if you couldn’t make next month’s rent and truly have nowhere to go but the streets … ”

In a follow-up post, Whittington wrote: “Please continue to spread the love and charity, and we can change this world one person at a time.”

If you’ve ever doubted that honesty is the best policy, here’s proof. To my way of thinking, this story has two heroes, Glen James, an honest Golden Ager, and Ethan Whittington, a caring, compassionate man. Both of their lives — and perhaps the lives of many others — are changed forever because a Golden Ager Rocks!

Meet the Golden Ager hero and his hero on this video:

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This Golden Ager, Rocks!

The GoFundMe link: http://www.gofundme.com/4by2as

 

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