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Imagine losing your ENTIRE life savings among tons of garbage. Just the thought of it makes my stomach turn, but that’s exactly what happened to a man in Oregon last week…

He kept the cash in a shoebox, which accidentally got tossed, but by the time he realized what had happened, it was too late; the load containing the shoebox of savings was already at a recycling facility in California. Finding one shoebox among 22,000 pounds of garbage would be nearly impossible.

The manager of the recycling center, Linda Wise, heard about the man’s lost savings, and knew that finding it was a long shot, but nevertheless, she let the staff know to keep an eye out for the shoebox.

What happened next is unthinkable: workers spotted a shoebox on the sorting belt, and sure enough: there was the missing cash, all $23,000 dollars of it!

Linda says that the man was in shock when she called to let him know that they had found his shoebox of life savings. He made the five hour drive to the recycling center to claim his money and personally thank Linda and her staff for going above & beyond their call of duty. Linda called it a special chance for her & her co-workers to bond over a task that would change someone’s life.

Photo Credit: Recology

Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, the color pink, and the smell of new books.