Man Poses as Homeless, Gives Away $1K
Iowa businessman surprises those who helped out panhandler
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2014 2:45 PM CST
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(Newser) – Drivers in Iowa who rolled down their window to give a few bucks to a homeless guy asking for help on Christmas Eve got a surprise gift in return. The "homeless" man was actually Des Moines business owner Jonnie Wright, and he gave his donors a sealed envelope with either a $10 or $100 bill inside along with a note, reports KCCI-TV. "I am not homeless or destitute or without a job," it read."I am here to give thanks for the many blessings in my life by paying them forward and honoring you and others who give."

In all, Wright gave away 50 envelopes for a total $1,000, then donated the money that he had received to a local homeless shelter, he wrote in a Facebook post. He tells the Huffington Post that the experience was "transformative," especially given the national publicity it has received. "I never ever imagined that it would have the reach that it did, but it seems to have touched something in people," he said. "I can't even explain it."

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Jan 4, 2014 2:35 PM CST
I give money to people on the corners but only if they are handicapped or very old. If they look healthy enough to work then they get nothing. Especially if they are smoking cigarettes that cost $6 a pack.
Jan 4, 2014 11:30 AM CST
Knowing this slimy little weasel, he probably had his marketing flyer in the envelop and only did it to make some extra cash off some sucker. Business owners only do charity if there's something in it for them.
Jan 2, 2014 5:12 PM CST
I guess this guy like a true republican was giving money to people who need them the least. Now you see how the things work.