Two homeless women in Northern California have returned a large sum of cash belonging to a man whose van was destroyed in a fire.
The women were among four homeless people who pulled what they could from the wreckage near San Jose International Airport on Wednesday for a neighbor, identified only as George. Fox San Francisco Reported
During the fire, the two men rescued George’s two dogs and the women found an unspecified amount of thousands of dollars hidden in the car.
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“That night, before I got the money, he was saying I just lost my money that I was saving to go home and see my family. I haven’t seen my family in 10 years. The family should watch,” Gretchen Pace told the news outlet. “Saved money it was.”
A friend told the news station that George had been hospitalized for an unrelated illness but was grateful for what his neighbors had done.
Kimberly Williams, who is also homeless, said she found another bundle of cash in a tin can amid the debris.
“It was burnt at the tip but the middle was completely visible,” he said. “The serial number and everything was intact. I don’t know how much it was. I didn’t count it. I was just excited about it.”
Both women said they returned the money to George.
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“I just handed it to him and he started crying and said oh my God, why did you do that? I said it’s your money, it’s not mine,” Pace said. “He offered me money. I said no. Give me coffee for a pack of cigarettes. He goes, I’ll take you out to eat. I said coffee and a donut is enough for me.” ”