Asheville Goodwill worker returns $5,365; local businesses recognize her honesty with gifts

Jocelyn Garnace, an employee of the Goodwill store in Asheville, said she picked up the sock from a bin of donated clothes, and the money, totaling $5,365, fell by her feet along with pay stubs dating back to 1975, WHNS-TV, Greenville, S.C., reported Tuesday.

“I’ve found cash before, but nothing like this,” Garnace said.

“I had to turn it in,” Garnace said. “It’s not mine. I know I did the right thing.”

She said the pay stubs were tracked to a 96-year-old Asheville woman, whose family had donated many of her belongings when she moved to an assisted-living facility. The woman’s niece, who accepted the money from Goodwill, said the woman was known to keep money hidden in various locations around her house.

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Several local businesses are recognizing her kindness and honesty, and rewarding Garnace’s good deed. The French Bistro Bouchon will give her a free dinner, Blue Water Seafood will provide a gift card and local tech-guru José Ibarra of Applied Solutions is giving her four Asheville Tourist baseball tickets.

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11 thoughts on “Asheville Goodwill worker returns $5,365; local businesses recognize her honesty with gifts

  1. Piffy!

    Hard to say if i would have had the inclination to actually do the right thing. That’s a lot of nickles.

  2. Piffy!

    Hard to say if i would have had the inclination to actually do the right thing. That’s a lot of nickles.

  3. Dirk Digglar

    previous articles said that the family had found about $65000 in cash prior to this. hmmm…

    ok, the finder says it wasnt hers…thats right but it came to GOODWILL, so Im confused why she
    said that?

    things that make you go huh…

  4. Jane

    Another publication said it was a check that was found. If it was cash…I would have slipped that in my pocket. No one would have ever known. Making about 7.25/hr at Goodwill, she’ll regret this in about a month or so. Being a good samaritan is all fine and good but it doesn’t pay the bills. The person in the assisted living facility would have never known it was missing probably.

  5. secret admirer

    What a wonderful sincere heart these filipina had…You deserved your reward from people,and God
    is so pleased for what you’ve done… He will fullfill the deepest desire of your heart.I pray & claimed God will provide ticket for you to visit your family in the Philippines….I salute you!!!

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