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    Donations for homeless man top $100,000 mark

    Glen James’s story garners national attention

    Glen James (right) turned a backpack full of money he found over to police.
    Steven Senne/AP
    Glen James (right) turned a backpack full of money he found over to police.

    More than $100,000 in contributions have been raised via a crowdfunding site for Glen James, the homeless man in Boston who returned a backpack full of money.

    The total pledged on had reached $115,998 by about 8:20 p.m.

    The fund has been set up by Ethan Whittington, a marketing accounts manager from Midlothian, Va., who has assured skeptics that all the money will go to James. The website says a fee of 7.9 percent fee plus 30 cents is deducted from each donation.


    James turned in a bag containing more than $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks that he found at the South Bay plaza shopping mall in Boston this weekend. Boston police honored him for his honesty on Monday.

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    “I just felt that this was somebody who needed to be rewarded for his good deeds,” Whittington told the Globe.

    The story of a man in dire need who wasn’t tempted by a backpack full of money and did the honest thing has generated national interest — and contributions have come in from across the country, the Globe reported today.