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Sunnyside Woman Claims Donated Shoebox with $15,000 Inside

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash.-- You may remember our story last month about the manager at Sunnyside's Goodwill store who found more than $10,000 in a donated shoebox. The company told us about it in hopes of finding the rightful owner; and they did.

Unfortunately for Goodwill, the money was never meant to be donated.

In December, store Manager, Chella Cardenas was going through a shoebox that was donated. Inside that box, she found $15,000 wrapped up in a few towels.

After an almost month long search Goodwill was able to track down the Sunnyside woman who donated the shoebox.

She told them her late husband likely hid the money there and she had no idea.

Cardenas says she's never seen anything like that in a donation to Goodwill but knew she had to say something so they could find the rightful owner.

"I'm an honest person. One of our core values here at Goodwill is integrity, and I'm a strong believer of that," Cardenas said.

Goodwill says they took every precaution to make sure the woman was telling the truth. She was even able to correctly identify the box and shoes inside.

The accidental donor did not want to be interviewed or have her identify revealed, but Goodwill says she's a longtime supporter and was happy and surprised to see that someone was so honest.

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