BOSTON (CBS) — Only the internet and social media could connect a man from Midlothian, Virginia, with a homeless man in Boston.

Glen James made news last weekend when he found a bag containing a passport, cash and travelers checks worth more than $42,000.

On Monday, James was honored by the Boston Police Department for his honesty.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Ethan Withington of Virginia heard James’ story and set up a fund on internet fundraising website Go Fund Me.

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“When you hear stories like that it’s something positive compared to the negative stories we’re inundated with on a constant basis,” Withington said. “It’s hard to not want to help somebody. I want to make a positive impact on his life, not just hand him a $50,000 check.”

The goal was to raise $50,000 but in one day, the site exceeded that goal and now a new goal has been set.

“I had no idea it would get as big as it has,” Withington said.

Withington wants to raise $250,000 to buy James a home.

By Wednesday morning, the fund was more than $65,000.

“After all the stuff you hear on the news, you wonder about people,” Withington said. “If we can get more people to do this we could completely change the world one person at a time.”



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