Glen James, homeless Boston man, finds $40,000 and turns it in

Glen James turned in $40,000 worth of money and travelers checks. Photo: Associated Press

If you came across a backpack stuffed with $40,000, what would you do with it?

For Glen James, a homeless man in Boston, the answer was simple. Turn it in without taking a single dollar, according to Boston magazine.

According to the magazine, James is a resident of a Boston-area homeless shelter who, on Sept. 4, found a backpack in the nearby town of Dorchester. Inside was more than $40,000 worth of cash and traveler's checks, along with a passport.

Authorities were able to find the bag's owner, after which James was honored by authorities for his honesty.

"Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a … penny of the money I found," he said during a ceremony in his honor.

In honor of his action, a Richmond resident began a fundraising drive for James on As of Tuesday afternoon, the drive had raised more than $20,000.