Grandmother returns $15K she found — and gets her own generous surprise from strangers

A 65-year-old grandmother’s act of honesty inspired strangers to return her generosity and give her the shock of a lifetime.

After her car broke down nearly a year ago, Diane Gordon of White Lake Township, Michigan, has been forced to walk about three miles to and from work five days a week.

On a winter trip home from his job at VC Fresh Marketplace, he stumbled upon about $15,000 in a plastic bag outside a BP gas station.

While Gordon could have used the cash, perhaps, for a new car, He told WXYZ, “I was taught that if it’s not yours, you don’t keep it.”

So he did not hesitate to inform the authorities about the cash he received.

“White Lake Police Lt. Matthew Ivory, told WJBK.

Diane Gordon returned the cash after finding it in a bag outside a BP station.

The bag was filled with wedding cards belonging to a newlywed couple, which the local police managed to find.

But then Gordon quickly became the recipient of the courtesy he showed — when the wife of the police officer who took his call about the money started a fundraising page for him.

“As a police officer’s wife, I usually hear bad things, so it was obviously heartbreaking,” Stacey Connell told The Washington Post. “I was hoping we could help her get a car because she could go to any dealership and use the money.”

Surveillance image of woman with bag of cash.
The money was returned and the police returned it to the missing couple.

The cash was left outside the BP station.
Gordon found the case outside a BP station in White Lake Township, Michigan.

more than that $71,000 has been raised so far. Many are moving toward a new ride with generous funds from strangers — a green Jeep Compass that arrived Feb. 3, The Washington Post reported. The funds left over will reportedly go toward car insurance and any maintenance the car needs.

“I never expected anything like this,” she said, according to the Washington Post. “I’m overwhelmed. I was just doing what I was taught.”

Now she can drive to see her two grandsons as they compete in sporting events and avoid having to walk to work in the frigid Michigan temperatures.

“My grandson is 13 and he plays hockey. And my granddaughter is 11 and she does gymnastics, and I haven’t seen her play or do gymnastics yet. So it’s going to be really important to see her doing that. Let’s see,” Gordon told WXYZ.

“He means the world to me. I miss him so much.”

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