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July 26, 2006

Homeless Man Returns Found $21,000 In Bonds

And then here's the thing:

Upon having the bonds returned to him, the owner gave the homeless guy... one hundred bucks.

Gee, thanks, pal.

However, people in the community were upset by the ingrate owner:

So they took action: A Belleville man sent him eight trash bags full of bottle returns and a bowl of coins. Three people pledged a combined $2,500. By the end of the day, two businessmen had given Moore $1,200, a shopping spree at a men's clothing store and a lead on a job.

The best part of the day?

"Seeing and knowing people care, and they're willing to help a total stranger," said Moore, 59, who plans to use the money to find an apartment.

Homeless for the first time, Moore found 31 bonds in a bag of clothes in a Detroit trash bin while searching for empty bottles to return for deposit money. He took the bonds to his counselors at Neighborhood Service Organization, which provides a daily breakfast to the homeless. Workers at the nonprofit group helped him track down the family of the bonds' owner, Ernest Lehto, who died two years ago.

I like the guy who sent him bags of bottle-returns. Hey, it's somethin', I guess.

Thanks to Robert.


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