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Homeless man turns in $17,000 he found outside food bank

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/CNN) - Kevin Booth was visiting a food bank in Iowa when made a shocking discovery—a brown bag with nearly $17,000 inside, right on the front doorstep. 

Instead of pocketing the cash, Booth, who is homeless, gave the bag to a volunteer.

“He leaned over, picked it up, looked in it, and he knew it was money. He waited for our person that opens up at 7:30 in the morning, and he gave it to her, saying, 'Somebody left this for you,’” said Anita Miller, the director of the food bank. “It was a big decision for him because he could use it, but you do not take from somebody else. It would be stealing, and he doesn’t steal."

Police held the money for 90 days, but no one stepped up to claim it, so they were allowed to keep it. 

Instead of keeping the money for himself, Booth gave it to the food bank so they could expand the building and provide more services to those in need, Miller said. 

“There are a lot of people who would have taken it,” Booth said. “I’m just not that person.”

To thank Booth for his honesty, Miller gave him some of the money in gift cards. He was also given a citizen certificate from the Sumner Police Department.

“It makes you feel good to be able to help him. He helped us in a roundabout way. It’s a wonderful feeling. Trust me, it opened up all of our eyes,” Miller said.

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