By Peg Rusconi, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) — While walking on Court Street, something on the sidewalk caught Brian Christopher’s eye.

“I see this object on the ground,” said Christopher. “And then I see this is a wallet. How interesting. And then I opened it and there was a substantial amount of money in there.”

So he walked… in a daze… as the object that grabbed his eye seized his conscience. “I was thinking how I had no money, how $172 would go a long way to buying three nice presents for my kids for Christmas.”

Brian Christopher has very little of anything. He lives at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.

The cash was tempting– especially because the wallet contained no ID. “My stomach was flipping over. And I was thinking ‘this is some kid’s Christmas money.’”

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

“I realized it was missing probably within an hour,” said Meghan Schultz from a sidewalk in the Back Bay. “But in that hour I was in three different places.”

Schultz is a bicycle courier, who needs every dollar she makes. “I don’t make much in this job and I have to hustle for what I do make, and that was a big chunk of what I was going to spend on bike parts and groceries.”

She figured the wallet and all that cash were gone for good.

WBZ News Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

Christopher, however, called a friend, went to his caseworker, and then walked a few blocks to the nearest police station.

A receipt in the wallet led police to Meghan Schultz. “I just thought it was really noble of (Christopher) to do that.”

She wants to take him to lunch.

It turns out what goes around. In this case good will, comes around. The veterans’ center has been flooded with calls from people wanting to help Brian.

Comments (11)
  1. Tom Aveni says:

    Merry Christmas, Brian and Meghan!!!
    The blessings of the season are upon both of you!!!

  2. mark says:

    What a place the world would be if everybody thought like Brian. Merry Christmas !

  3. Ellen says:

    What a wonderful man. I pray that some one out there gives this guy a job. He deserves it and a lot more.

  4. christine says:

    your awesome brian….if the world had more of you it would be a better place! MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope you find happiness and a world of success you deserve it!

  5. Vanessa says:

    People like Brian give me hope and a reason to get up every morning and carry on. You are blessed with honesty and grace

  6. Laurel A. Stroman says:

    Brian deserves our respect simply because he is a vet and a decent person. Vets give life and limb serving their country. They don’t deserve to come home to poverty and homelessness. Why did it take the return of a wallet to make people remember that vets do need help?

  7. TiaMaria says:

    “No legacy is so rich as honesty”……Shakespeare
    Way to go, Brian…..

  8. Doreen Cohen says:

    How can I get in contact with this individual. We would love to offer him a job.

  9. MDA says:

    Brian you are a true Veteran who helps people even when they need help themselves. May all the blessings of the holidays be with you.

  10. cynic says:

    An Honest Man……No comment from the State House Or City Hall.

  11. Ludlow Palmer says:

    Wow – this goes a long way to restore your faith in your fellow citizens.
    Cynic: You are a riot!
    Doreen Cohen: You could try to reach him at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. They mention it in the story.
    – Why are clowns like The Jersey Shore crowd & the Kardashians all over TV, and this vet is homeless?

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