Help reward homeless Langford man

$5,181 of $2,400 goal

Raised by 215 people in 18 months

Good day everyone!

On Monday, June 15th, 2015, West Shore RCMP sent out this press release:
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"Members of the public often come to the Detachment front counter to turn in found property, in hopes we'll be able to track down the rightful owner. Recently, a man came by and turned over a large sum of money that he'd found on a street in Langford. The sum was just over $2,000!

It is unusual for such a large amount of money to be turned in, but perhaps what is more surprising about this situation is that the man who found it is self-described as being in his 60's and currently homeless. Despite his current situation, the man realized the money belonged to someone out there and turned it in because he felt it was the right thing to do.

This is an incredible display of honesty and selflessness, states Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson of the West Shore RCMP. "If we are not successful in identifying the rightful owner within 90 days, this good Samaritan will receive the cash."
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We posted this press release to Victoria Buzz and later in the day we received a message from a VB fan, letting  us know they found a poster in a Langford parking lot from a person that lost the $2400.  It was clear this person needed the money just as bad as the homeless person could have. We sent these details to the RCMP and as of this write up, we don't know if they have gotten a hold of the rightful owner yet, we will update once we do know.
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After our second post we had numerous fans wanting to donate to this homeless man for his good deed (again as of this write up - we are waiting for information on the homeless man).  So we figured we could set up a gofundme account and raise some cash as a reward.

The limit has been set at $2400 but if it does go over we will give half to the man and the other half to Our Place Society.


Thanks everyone for considering and we will update this as we get more information! Even a few bucks will help and I am sure this gentleman will be over the moon!

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Update 4
Posted by Mike Kelly
17 months ago
In case you missed it! Here is an updated press release from the RCMP:

A recent story that captured national media attention and resulted in thousands of dollars being donated by people across Canada, has provided yet one more surprise. After hours of searching for the homeless man who turned in over $2000 in found cash, Cst. Alex Bérubé was successful in locating him on June 22nd, only to learn that while very grateful for the generosity of strangers, the man does not want to accept the thousands raised for him.

“After hearing this story and seeing how this case touched so many people, I took a personal interest in finding this man, looking for him everywhere while on and off shift. It's not easy tracking down a person of no fixed address and no phone, but I kept trying because I needed to tell him about how the community had rallied together to help him,” states Cst. Alex Bérubé, of the West Shore RCMP. “I finally caught up to him on Monday and told him about the fundraising organized by Mike Kelly of Victoria Buzz, and that he had thousands of dollars waiting for him. His response surprised me yet again, when instead of asking how to collect it, he asked me how to donate it to Our Place and other food service providers for people in need.”

Realizing that the news may have been overwhelming for the man, investigators asked him to think about it overnight, and meet them at the West Shore Detachment the next day. The man came back the next day, and stuck to his originalA recent story that captured national media attention and resulted in thousands of dollars being donated by people across Canada, has provided yet one more surprise. After hours of searching for the homeless man who turned in over $2000 in found cash, Cst. Alex Bérubé was successful in locating him on June 22nd, only to learn that while very grateful for the generosity of strangers, the man does not want to accept the thousands raised for him.

“After hearing this story and seeing how this case touched so many people, I took a personal interest in finding this man, looking for him everywhere while on and off shift. It's not easy tracking down a person of no fixed address and no phone, but I kept trying because I needed to tell him about how the community had rallied together to help him,” states Cst. Alex Bérubé, of the West Shore RCMP. “I finally caught up to him on Monday and told him about the fundraising organized by Mike Kelly of Victoria Buzz, and that he had thousands of dollars waiting for him. His response surprised me yet again, when instead of asking how to collect it, he asked me how to donate it to Our Place and other food service providers for people in need.”

Realizing that the news may have been overwhelming for the man, investigators asked him to think about it overnight, and meet them at the West Shore Detachment the next day. The man came back the next day, and stuck to his original request that the funds raised in his name be donated, adding that what he really wants is a job. Mike Kelly has been advised of the man's decision, which he provided in writing to officers (image attached). Mike will continue to manage the raised funds and see that the right groups receive them. As for the man's request for help finding a job, Mike is spearheading that effort as well.

request that the funds raised in his name be donated, adding that what he really wants is a job. Mike Kelly has been advised of the man's decision, which he provided in writing to officers (image attached). Mike will continue to manage the raised funds and see that the right groups receive them. As for the man's request for help finding a job, Mike is spearheading that effort as well.

“When I first heard about this man and what he had done, I started thinking of how we could help him”, said Mike Kelly of Victoria Buzz. “Here is a man who is facing many challenges, yet despite that, he chose to do the right thing and see that another person wasn't left short thousands of dollars and facing the challenges that would bring them. Now I'm going to do everything I can to help find him a job that fits his personal situation, and will hopefully move him closer to overcoming his current challenges.”

The man, who will not be identified at his request, did not want to be part in any public or media attention, choosing instead to acknowledge the generosity of the community by paying it forward.

To cap off this story, the rightful owner of the original $2400 found on the street has been identified. The man, who does not want to be identified publicly, has answered a series of specific questions posed by investigators, clearly identifying himself as the rightful owner. He has since collected his money from the detachment.


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Update 3
Posted by Mike Kelly
17 months ago
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Thank you everyone for your contributions!! It has been a crazy few days with media interviews and so on. We are in communication with the RCMP and are hoping to meet with the homeless man middle of next week. We will post updates here and on Victoria Buzz. It sounds like the person who lost the funds has been located but the police are doing all the checks before confirming. Thanks again for all the support. I am sure this homeless man will be extremely taken back.
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Update 2
Posted by Mike Kelly
17 months ago
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We did it!!! A great big thank you to everyone that donated, we made our goal in under 24 hours.

We'll leave this open for a few more days. As we said yesterday, every amount that you help us raise - over $2,400 - will be split evenly between the intended recipient and the Our Place Society in downtown Victoria.

Thanks again for being so kind, everyone!
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Update 1
Posted by Mike Kelly
17 months ago
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To everyone that has donated, a very heartfelt thanks. When I made this GoFundMe account I had no idea what the response would be.

When this man found the money, and turned it in, it gave me pause to think what I would have done in the same circumstances. I think most of us would have done the same thing.

But imagine this man - a homeless man - and his big heart. A homeless man that likely needs the money more than most of us.

When we get to $2,400, I can't think of a better feeling than handing this man $2,400 - no strings attached - and telling him it's a gift from the ENTIRE COMMUNITY that read this story. A token of our appreciation for his thoughtfulness.

Thanks again to all.
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Linda Mather
17 months ago

I just want to give the person who is doing this fund some info. Please don't ever show the persons face or name in your info, because if he is collecting any kind of government support like disability. They will deduct what you give to them and stop their payments. And it will infact complicate their life a lot more instead of the intended good will you are trying to give them. I know this because this is because of the kind of work I do. Good on you for giving back. Cheers

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Vonnie Mic
17 months ago
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I would love to see someone step up and give this man what he really needs a HOME, wondering if there is anyone in the community, perhaps a property manager that can make his biggest plight of having a roof over his head a reality I am the creator of Pay it Forward Victoria and surrounding areas PIF VIC ASA for short we will be rying to reach out and continue with what you started by trying to find someone to secure him a home and we will furnish it xooxox you can find us on https://www.facebook.com/groups/803083019739952 If you want to donate a bachleor pad etc and cover his first few months rent, we will furnish his home through our community if this can be accomplished PLEASE IF ANY CAN DO THIS CONTACT ME VONNIE MIC XOOX

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Lindsay Green
17 months ago
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Has anyone asked this man what he would like done and how he would like his name to be published? He is the only one with the right to decide, correct? No matter how homeless or disadvantaged he may be...

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Keni Milne
17 months ago
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The way around what Linda said is to not give the man the money directly if he is on basic income assistance. Yes, help him find a suite and pay that $2400 for however many months rent forward that would be. if he's on provincial disability though he can have up to $9600 a year before they take any back so he should be fine. I would still like to see this gentleman get housed through this campaign though and have the money go straight to a landlord

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Lynn Phillips
17 months ago
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I think this is wonderful, and I donated, but I think it’s important to manage it with caution. If what Linda said is accurate, and I believe it is, I wonder if buying him the things he needs (e.g. food) instead of just handling over the money would be a solution to that problem? Don’t you have to have a permanent residence in order to get social assistance? That might be a solution right there, getting him a ‘permanent residence’. I guess the first thing that needs to happen is to find out what he actually wants and needs, then figure out how to make that happen. If I can assist in some way, please let me know. I have a financial background and would be happy to donate some time to this.

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Dawn Zapp
17 months ago
1
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My comment was supposed to say he is very honest, not honey! LOL

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James Prince
17 months ago

Great character. The guy only wants a job...so how about changing the Fund campaign to be an account that provides for the needs of those living homeless. Hire this guy and pay him a fair wage from the fund. Give him the task of meeting the needs of those in his community. Basically using the funds to buy food, clothing, blankets, shelter, etc... But make that his job. I would be more than happy to donate to that cause, let the officer be the one who serves as the 'boss' I'm sure someone can come up with an equitable solution.

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Reg Armstrong
17 months ago

I agree with not publishing the man's name. Anyone out there that could put the man to work would be perfect, even part time, for minimum wage, nothing too strenuous, he's 60 and likely a bit out of shape. I guess an employer could phone the organizer of gofundme and go from there?

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Dawn Zapp
17 months ago

I look forward to getting the update after the man receives his "reward". So exciting!!!

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$5,181 of $2,400 goal

Raised by 215 people in 18 months
Created June 15, 2015
HU
$20
Hope Underwood
9 months ago
LM
$50
Les McCrae
17 months ago
BS
$10
bruce schwientek
17 months ago

cheers to a good man who knows more than most.....

CG
$25
Colin Genders
17 months ago

Honesty deserves to be rewarded

CC
$10
Christina Craft
17 months ago
LC
$10
Lynn Cullen
17 months ago

Love what you have done, good job p. I hope we can help you out now.

$5
Anonymous
17 months ago
KF
$255
Kimberley Smith & Family
17 months ago
4
4

Donations made by families in Ottawa, ON at a lemonade sale.

$5
Anonymous
17 months ago
$5
Anonymous
17 months ago
1
1
Linda Mather
17 months ago

I just want to give the person who is doing this fund some info. Please don't ever show the persons face or name in your info, because if he is collecting any kind of government support like disability. They will deduct what you give to them and stop their payments. And it will infact complicate their life a lot more instead of the intended good will you are trying to give them. I know this because this is because of the kind of work I do. Good on you for giving back. Cheers

+ Read More
Vonnie Mic
17 months ago
5
5

I would love to see someone step up and give this man what he really needs a HOME, wondering if there is anyone in the community, perhaps a property manager that can make his biggest plight of having a roof over his head a reality I am the creator of Pay it Forward Victoria and surrounding areas PIF VIC ASA for short we will be rying to reach out and continue with what you started by trying to find someone to secure him a home and we will furnish it xooxox you can find us on https://www.facebook.com/groups/803083019739952 If you want to donate a bachleor pad etc and cover his first few months rent, we will furnish his home through our community if this can be accomplished PLEASE IF ANY CAN DO THIS CONTACT ME VONNIE MIC XOOX

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Lindsay Green
17 months ago
1
1

Has anyone asked this man what he would like done and how he would like his name to be published? He is the only one with the right to decide, correct? No matter how homeless or disadvantaged he may be...

+ Read More
Keni Milne
17 months ago
1
1

The way around what Linda said is to not give the man the money directly if he is on basic income assistance. Yes, help him find a suite and pay that $2400 for however many months rent forward that would be. if he's on provincial disability though he can have up to $9600 a year before they take any back so he should be fine. I would still like to see this gentleman get housed through this campaign though and have the money go straight to a landlord

+ Read More
Lynn Phillips
17 months ago
1
1

I think this is wonderful, and I donated, but I think it’s important to manage it with caution. If what Linda said is accurate, and I believe it is, I wonder if buying him the things he needs (e.g. food) instead of just handling over the money would be a solution to that problem? Don’t you have to have a permanent residence in order to get social assistance? That might be a solution right there, getting him a ‘permanent residence’. I guess the first thing that needs to happen is to find out what he actually wants and needs, then figure out how to make that happen. If I can assist in some way, please let me know. I have a financial background and would be happy to donate some time to this.

+ Read More
Dawn Zapp
17 months ago
1
1

My comment was supposed to say he is very honest, not honey! LOL

+ Read More
James Prince
17 months ago

Great character. The guy only wants a job...so how about changing the Fund campaign to be an account that provides for the needs of those living homeless. Hire this guy and pay him a fair wage from the fund. Give him the task of meeting the needs of those in his community. Basically using the funds to buy food, clothing, blankets, shelter, etc... But make that his job. I would be more than happy to donate to that cause, let the officer be the one who serves as the 'boss' I'm sure someone can come up with an equitable solution.

+ Read More
Reg Armstrong
17 months ago

I agree with not publishing the man's name. Anyone out there that could put the man to work would be perfect, even part time, for minimum wage, nothing too strenuous, he's 60 and likely a bit out of shape. I guess an employer could phone the organizer of gofundme and go from there?

+ Read More
Dawn Zapp
17 months ago

I look forward to getting the update after the man receives his "reward". So exciting!!!

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