Goodwill Manasota finds $12,260 in donation

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SARASOTA- A Goodwill Manasota employee sifting through a donation last week stumbled across an unexpected item, what she did next is remarkable.

Imagine working at a donation center, sifting through items, and stumbling across more than $12,000. Well, that’s what happened to Goodwill employee, Mimi Williams.

It was a typical day at work for Mimi Williams, sorting through a donation from Goodwill’s White Glove Service.

“It was three boxes left to be processed and I started going through the boxes,” Mimi said.

The first two boxes held clothing, shoes, and notebooks, but the last box took her for a surprise.

She said, “Got to the third one and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, Xavier!!! Look what I found.”

Williams uncovered $12,270 of cash at the bottom of the box.

“Oh my god! My eyes were big…it was like, I had to do the right thing. I had to turn it in, that’s my job,” she said.

Williams’ manager, Dawn Tate, calling loss prevention.

“I thought I was in trouble, I said ‘I didn’t do anything’ and they knew I was scared because I started sweating and was getting dizzy,” she said.

Honesty, a trait Tate said is what’s always made Mimi a model employee.

Tate said, “She not only displayed the integrity piece of doing the right thing and being honest, but she also displayed our core values of stewardship.”

Mimi called it second nature, hoping others can take away from her experience.

“Some people don’t give you a chance to have a job, but if you have a job, be honest, be true to your job and just do the right thing,” Mimi said.

A Goodwill spokesperson said the cash was tracked back to the law firm of a deceased client and given to family.

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Jennifer Kveglis
Jennifer joined SNN in July of 2017. Born and raised in Mount Olive, New Jersey, she found her love for media as a lead anchor for her high school’s morning television program. She graduated from Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana and extended her studies at the University of Tampa where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts. In college she interned for FOX 13 and City of Tampa Television. Her future plans are to utilize her film-making skills to provide a unique rendition of storytelling. Her love for the sunshine, beach and local area made it an easy decision to stay in SWFL after graduation. In her free time, Jennifer can be found at the gym or exploring vegan restaurants. She loves to travel and expose herself to new environments. She is excited to embrace a brand new city while making introductions with the local community. She owes her successes to her supportive family, friends, and mentors.

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