Online fund set up to honor homeless good Samaritan

The homeless Boston man who made headlines after turning in a backpack filled with cash and traveler's checks is set to be on the receiving end of a good deed this time around.

An online fundraising campaign has been launched on behalf of Glen James to recognize his good deed.

The campaign was started by Ethan Whittington, a complete stranger, and had raised more than $66,000 of the $250,000 goal as of noon Wednesday.

On the page, Whittington said:

"A homeless man by the name of Glen James found $40,000 yesterday and promptly returned the backpack with all of its contents. Lets all chip in and help this man change his life. Every little donation helps. Lets be reassured that there is still hope and humanity in our great nation."

James was honored by Boston police during a Monday news conference, ABC News reported.

James declined to speak at the conference, but issued a written statement that said, in part, he is from Boston and has been homeless since 2005 after losing his job as a file clerk in the Boston municipal court system, according to The Associated Press.

James, who did not give his age, said he relies on food stamps and panhandling to get by.

"It's just nice to have some money in one's pocket so that as a homeless man I don't feel absolutely broke all the time," he said of the generosity of others.

See the online funding campaign:

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