Homeless woman who returned purse with $10,000 rewarded

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Damien Wood, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:54 AM ET

CALGARY -- Good karma seems to have found its way back to the humble homeless Calgary woman who turned in a purse containing more than $10,000 in cash.

She’s heard the Edmonton couple who lost the purse have offered a reward and the YWCA facility where the Good Samaritan is currently staying is going to help make sure she gets it.

The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, found the five-figure sum inside a purse outside Rocky Mountain Plaza on Macleod Tr. and 7 Ave. S.E. in Calgary, at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday,

The story has made headlines across Canada and sparked an outpouring from readers who’ve come forward offering praise and donations to the woman is adamant about remaining anonymous.

“We need to honour and respect her for what she did,” said Cathy Flanagan, a Calgary Sun reader who hopes the woman gets the recognition and helping hand she said the woman deserves.

“Whatever we can do to help her here is what needs to happen.

“Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it gets you on the road back -- it can help you.”

The homeless woman who returned the cash, meanwhile, said she’s more than a little overwhelmed by the attention given to her actions, which she thought nothing of at the time -- she figured it would be between her, the police and the purse’s owner.

Not that she minds being wrong -- she said she hoped for a little acknowledgement, but not necessarily a reward. The money, she said, would help and she will probably take it.

“I think given my current situation, I would,” she said.

Unless accepting a reward requires her to reveal her identity -- the woman said that because of embarrassment over being homeless, she would rather her name and face not be released to the public.

The YWCA has told media they are working on a way to help with that, as well.

She said it never crossed her mind to keep the $10,400 in hundred-dollar bills inside the purse and she imagines most probably would have done the same thing.

“You have to be in that situation,” she said.

damien.wood@sunmedia.ca

@SUNDamienWood


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