Lakeisha Williams, a California Goodwill worker, found $10,000 in cash at a donations pile, but she turned it over to the company.
The envelope had $10,500–or 105 $100 bills–among some donated books at a Stockton, Calif., collection site.
“My concern was somebody was out that money, and I would have liked for them to get it back,” Williams told ABC News.
The money was given to a manager last month, but it has yet to be claimed. It means that if it goes unclaimed for three months, Williams stands to get 10 percent of it.
“What we did is we take the money … and put it into a holding account, and we wait usually a pretty good amount of time to see if somebody comes forward and identifies themselves and says they made a donation and a mistake,” Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley President David Miller told ABC.
Miller added that “we have a policy to reward our employees for their honesty and integrity.”
Several months ago, a Philadelphia-area woman found $30,000 in old clothes before returning it.
“I had to give it back,” Carol Sutor, of Bristol, Penn., told the Phillyburbs website at the time. “I believe in karma, whatever I do will come back to me, good or bad.”