Charitable giving

Howard Kirby of Ovid hands over Thursday at the Habitat For Humanity Restore in Owosso Township the $43,170 he found inside the cushion of a footstool to Kim Fauth-Newberry of Owosso, who had donated the footstool to the Restore, as her husband, Mike Newberry, and son, Trevor Newberry, look on.

OVID — A Gofundme account has been set up for the Good Samaritan who returned $43,000 he found hidden inside the footstool of an old couch he had purchased at the Owosso Habitat For Humanity Restore.

Howard Kirby of Ovid, who on Thursday returned the cash to the person who donated the furniture, deserves a reward for his selfless generosity, said the Ovid woman who set up the account, Dr. Sarah Thomas.

The goal of the account, which was set up Sunday, is to raise $10,000 for Kirby. By this morning, $400 had been collected.

The Argus-Press published an article about Kirby’s return of the money Friday. The story has since been picked up by national and international media outlets.

For more information about donating to Kirby, call or text (313) 701-0712.

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I hope she puts a chunk into it. Why should others help with this? This is strange.


Nothing strange about it. It's a nice gesture and I'm sure she will put money in too. It's what we are supposed to do... help others. Duh. Try it sometime.


I think the people who donated the sofa in the first place should have shared the $43,000.720 50/50 with the kind gentleman who returned it to them. It would have been the right thing to do.

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