$80K in Bonds Found Inside Desk Donated to Goodwill

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    Workers at a Goodwill store in Northern Virginia found $80,000 in bonds tucked inside a donated desk then tracked down the owner, who had been looking for the lost bonds for months. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

    A Northern Virginia woman spent years thinking the bonds she was given by her parents when she was born were forever lost.

    Without giving it a second thought, she donated an old desk to a Herndon Goodwill store. Shortly after donating it, she was contacted by Goodwill employees who were cleaning out the desk.

    They found an old cigar box tucked away inside one of the drawers, stuffed with old bonds worth just under $80,000.

    "It's something we saved for over 30 years and they would have been totally lost," she said. "[When they called] I thought, 'Oh my goodness! That's what we've been looking for all this time and there it was!'"

    The store's manager tracked the woman down by finding her Facebook.

    "That's part of our culture," Jeff Shinton said. "If we find things that don't belong to us, we do our best to return them."

    The woman said she's thrilled, though she thinks she could have stored the bonds in a better place.

    "Maybe a safe deposit box would have been smarter," she said.
     

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