What Happened When a Volunteer Lost $800 Meant to Feed the Homeless?

As 77-year-old Jane Corbett drove to buy groceries for the St. Louis, Missouri, homeless shelter where she volunteers, hundreds of dollars were flying out of the envelope she had accidentally left on top of her car while buckling in her adopted special needs child.

Construction worker Ray Leuthauser, who was driving behind Corbett, saw what was happening and unsuccessfully honked at her to try to get her to stop. He finally just pulled over and started grabbing all the money flying around — over $300 — along with the Sam’s Club credit card that had come out of the envelope too.

The credit card was made out to Sts. Peter and Paul Church which is how Leuthauser tracked Corbett down to return the money. After learning that nearly $500 were still missing, Leuthauser collected donations from his fellow construction workers to make up the difference.

Needless to say, Corbett was extremely appreciative. She told KSDK-TV, “Just pass it on. [Let’s] do whatever we can every other minute to help each other.”

Watch the fuller story in the two-and-a-half minute video below:

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.


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