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Homeless man, is praised after finding $17,000 in a bag outside a food bank, sniffing the cash to check it was real and then handing it all in

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/5/2018 Khaleda Rahman For Dailymail.com
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A homeless man is being lauded after he handed in $17,000 he found inside a bag outside a food bank.

Kevin Booth, 32, found the cash inside a brown bag outside the Sumner Food Bank in Sumner, Washington, in August.

He pulled out a $20 bill and sniffed it to check it was real, he told the Puyallup Herald recently.

When a food bank volunteer arrived a short time later, he handed the bag over to the woman – not knowing how much money was inside.

'At first, I was like, what the heck is that lying on the ground?' he told the Herald.

The food bank handed the cash over to the police, who kept the money for 90 days without anyone claiming it.

a man wearing a hat: Kevin Booth (pictured) is being praised for handing over a bag containing $17,000 in cash that he found outside a food bank

Kevin Booth (pictured) is being praised for handing over a bag containing $17,000 in cash that he found outside a food bank
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Booth said officers later stopped him told him how much money had been in the bag.

'I just about fainted. I've never touched that much money and I don't think I ever will again,' he added.

'There are a lot of people who would have taken it. 'I'm just not that person.' 

The cash has since been handed over to the food bank, who plan to use it to expand their building – and also gave Booth an unspecified reward.

Booth was also awarded a citizen certificate by the Sumner Police Department.

Police chief Brad Moericke also praised Booth, telling him: 'Not every citizen would be as honest as you in that situation.'

Booth has lived in Sumner for 19 years and been homeless on and off for more than seven.

He regularly stops by the food bank to grab something to eat from their bread box.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Booth – and it's raised almost $1,000 in five days.

A post on the page praised Booth and revealed that he had a tumor removed from his brain at the age of 18, which left him partially mentally handicapped.

Of his discovery of the cash, it added: 'There was no one around to see that he had found it.

'There was no one at the food bank to turn it into and for 45 minutes, Kevin sat there until somebody showed up at the food bank.

'AFTER that long of thinking about it... he decided this money' is 'going to feed a lot of people.'

'When a young man who is mentally insufficient to provide for himself has the amount of cash (in his hand could literally turn his life around) and uses it to feed others what else can u say LOVE means then something like this??'

Urging supporters to donate, the post continued: 'He did not take one dollar from that envelope. Not one.

'Bless his heart and service to others that he made the choice based on knowing that MANY mouths would be fed with that money.

'Let's keep it real... MANY of us wouldn't have made that same decision but right now is OUR time to Give back to this selfless man who is still living homeless.

'Let's show him what these actions mean to us... and how he is not alone and we are ready to help him now.

'Let's see this man get into a place of his own and make this an amazing Christmas for his kind soul.' 

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