Accidental donations to Goodwill

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) - If you`ve made a donation to Goodwill lately, you may have given them more than you intended.

Accidental donations happen from time to time, but in the past few weeks it has happened several times.

Over the past week or so, $1,200 cash was found in a box of house wares at the Festus Goodwill store; $500 was found on the floor at the Chesterfield Goodwill store.

So far, no one has come forward to claim the cash, and Goodwill has no idea to whom it belongs.

But they did successfully return an accidental donation of family heirlooms.

Last week, Emily Collins` husband accidentally donated her baby clothes meant to be a keepsake for their first grandchild, born last week.

"I didn`t realize it until two days later and I was crushed," Collins said. 'I thought there is no way we will get them back."

But she did.

The donation was made at the Goodwill Cave Springs trailer, and the loss prevention department was able to track the baby clothes to the store where they were taken for sale.

"At least once a week we are looking for something," said Loss Prevention Director Ron Scanlon. "I can`t always return it and I feel just as bad when I can`t as I feel good when we do, so it is nice to give things back that weren`t meant to be donated," he said.

If you think the money might be yours, you have 30 days to call Goodwill at 314-982-8802.

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