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A New Jersey man discovered that he may be losing his government benefits after he found $850 on a sidewalk and turned it in to police. James Brady was homeless when he found the money on the sidewalk. He gave the cash to authorities, but was allowed to keep it when no one claimed it after six months. Brady did not know he was required to report the cash as income until the Human Services Department denied his benefits because he did not report the money. He had found housing and was beginning to get his life back together when he learned that his benefits were cut off. Brady said he did not know if he would be able to afford continuing care without the benefits. A local charity organization has set up an account to help Brady because they felt Brady did the right thing by turning in the money when he found it. The head of the charity, Tom Toronto, says he is aware that helping Brady further may impact his assistance in the future, but added, ”Here’s fellow who behaved admirably, who clearly could have used the money himself, but he showed a tremendous amount of pride and honesty.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Former homeless man loses benefits for failing to report $850 found on sidewalk,, Accessed November 10, 2013.

1 Peter 3:17 (NKJV) For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

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