Goodwill returns accidental valuable donation to owner

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ----- "It really represents the best of our Goodwill values."

One man's trash is another man's treasure, but in the case of a Machesney Park Goodwill, one donation had more than they bargained for… $5,200 worth.

"Our donation processors have to go through the sack and determine which things are good to put out on the sales floor and which things just need to go ahead and be recycled and when they went through that sack, that's when they found this money and they couldn't believe it," said Goodwill PR/Marketing Manager Shannon Harper.

Springing into action, the store manager quickly figured out who made the donation and returned the stash of cash to a very grateful owner.

"It becomes an 'all hands on deck' effort for us at the stores because often times, it is going to be something that's either of significant sentimental value or monetary value and when we can have these success stories, it's very exciting for everyone throughout the organization," said Goodwill president Ben Bernsten.

Harper says when you're getting ready to donate, double check what you send so you're not in for a surprise.

"We're so grateful for your donations, but when you are packing up stuff to bring to Goodwill, make sure you look through everything. You know, this isn't the first time that stuff like this has happened, I mean, it happens at Goodwill and thrift stores all over and it's just so important to just give a little quick look and make sure nothing was stashed there," said Harper.

With the holidays fast approaching, Harper says Goodwill hopes to continue the season of giving at its 12 locations throughout Northern Illinois.