$40K Raised For Woman Who Returned A Bag Of $15,000 In Cash

February 3, 2023

More than $40,000 has been raised to help a Michigan woman after she returned a bag full of cash.

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Dianne / Credit: Fox 2 Detroit

For the past year Diane Gordon has walked 2.7 miles each way to and from work, five days a week. Her car broke down last February.

She was walking home on Jan. 21, when she stopped at a gas station for a snack. Before she could set foot inside, she noticed something peculiar.

"I looked down on the ground and found a plastic bag with a large sum of money in it," she told Fox 2 Detroit. "When you turned it over there was even more money."

She then brought the bag inside, notified a cashier, and contacted the White Lake Township Police.

White Lake police came out to investigate the envelope full which belonged to newlyweds.


"Inside the bag was also wedding cards, these were gifts from a wedding that occurred that day," said Lt. Matthew Ivory. "I think it was $14,780 worth of cash."

Police tracked down the newlyweds and returned the money. It was a young couple who had just got married that day.

Then police turned their attention back to Diane, who admitted she "needed the money" and "it would be life-changing".

"One of our officer’s wives actually set up a GoFundMe," Ivory said. "[Because] the world could probably use a few more Dianes."

In just 24 hours, more than $40,000 has been raised for Diane.

The parties involved with the fundraiser are working with Szott Automotive to get Dianne a vehicle with the funds raised.

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