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A homeless Boston man is feeling the love of almost 3,000 strangers who have donated money to him after he turned in a backpack that he found containing over $40,000 in cash and travelers checks.

The Good Samaritan’s cause has raised more than $72,287 since Monday – nearly double the contents of the backpack.

Glen James found the black backpack at the South Bay Mall and promptly reported it to police Saturday evening.

Officers returned the bag to the owner, a student visiting from China, and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis presented a special citation to James for his “extraordinary show of character and honesty.”

That touched off a campaign to benefit James.

“When I saw an update on the article that mentioned the [student] received his bag back and didn’t mention anything about what James got besides a plaque, I thought, ‘Is a plaque really gonna benefit a guy like that?'” said Ethan Whittington, the person who organized the fundraiser.

“I heard about GoFundMe, Tweeted it out to my five followers on Twitter,” said Whittington, who was then inundated with donations. “It says a lot about Boston, the way everyone responded to that thing.”

“Let’s all chip in and help this man change his life. Every little donation helps,” Whittington wrote on the fundraising website. “Let’s be reassured that there is still hope and humanity in our great nation.”

From: ABC News