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Homeless women return thousands of dollars found in burned van to owner

Homeless women return thousands of dollars found in burned van to owner

Two homeless women in Northern California returned a large sum of money to a man whose van had been destroyed in a fire.

The women were among four homeless people who sifted through debris near San Jose International Airport on Wednesday to salvage what they could for a neighbor named George, according to Fox San Francisco.

 Homeless women return thousands of dollars found in burned van to owner

During the fire, two men rescued George’s two dogs, and the women discovered an unspecified amount of cash, thousands of dollars, in the vehicle.

“That night, before I found the money, he was saying I just lost my money that I was saving to go home and visit family. I haven’t seen my family in 10 years.  He needs to see his family,” Gretchen Pace told the news outlet. “What saved the money was this.”

A friend told the news station that George was hospitalized for an unrelated illness but was grateful for what his neighbors did.

 Homeless women return thousands of dollars found in burned van to owner
Kimberly Williams,

Kimberly Williams, another homeless person, said she discovered another bundle of cash in a tin can among the wreckage.

“It was burned on the end but the middle was fully visible,” she said. “The serial number and everything was all intact. I don’t know how much it was. I didn’t count it.  I just got all excited about it.”

Both women said they handed the money back to George.

Gretchen Pace stated that she declined George's offer of a reward.
Gretchen Pace stated that she declined George’s offer of a reward.

“I just handed it to him and he started crying and said oh my gosh, why did you do this? I said it’s your money.  It’s not mine,” said Pace. “He offered me money. I said no. Give me enough for a pack of cigarettes. He goes, let me take you out for dinner. I said coffee and a donut is enough for me.”

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