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Widow in Tears after Strangers Return Her $40k Found in the Couch Her Family Donated

Stephen Thompson
Dec 24, 2021
04:00 A.M.
An old widow was moved to tears after three roommates returned over $40,000 discovered in a couch cushion her family donated when she was sick. Let's take a look at the full story.
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Three roommates and residents of New York, Cally Guasti, Lara Russo, and Reese Werkhoven, proved to be lifesavers after they tracked down the owner of $40,000 discovered in a second-hand couch they had purchased.

Guasti, a social worker with the Family of Woodstock, revealed that when they discovered the money, it was an unfathomable amount. She said, "We just pulled out envelopes and envelopes. My mouth was literally hanging open — everybody's was — it was an unfathomable amount."

One of the roommates examining a pillow from the sofa | Photo: youtube.com/Associated Press

One of the roommates examining a pillow from the sofa | Photo: youtube.com/Associated Press

In March 2014, the trio had purchased the furniture alongside a chair for $55 at a Salvation Army thrift shop after the owner — a 91-year-old widow — gave it out due to terrible health conditions.

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When they purchased the sofa, they noticed the armchair was bigger than usual. At first, Werkhoven said they thought it was plastic bags and decided to cut it open to check.

So, one month later, he raised the chair arm and discovered a zipper. When he opened it, he was greeted by one of the greatest shocks of his life.

The arm of the chair contained $4,000 in bubble-wrapped bills. Next, the trio opened the second arm and discovered a huge sum. After counting the bills, it totaled over $40,000.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Guasti explained that when they laid out the cash and started counting, they screamed at the top of their voices. The following morning, their neighbors asked if they had won the lottery.

Filled with emotions, she mentioned that she had a lot of money on the couch and really needed it.

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Reese Werkhoven detailing how they found the money to Associated Press | Photo:  youtube.com/Associated Press

Reese Werkhoven detailing how they found the money to Associated Press | Photo: youtube.com/Associated Press

Later on, one of the three roommates discovered a bank statement with a woman's name, and the next morning, Werkhoven called her. Eventually, the woman picked up, and she was told about the treasure in her former furniture.

Filled with emotions, she mentioned that she had a lot of money on the couch and really needed it. The roommates decided to honor the widow's plea, and the following day, they visited her and returned the cash.

Emotions consumed the woman as she thanked Guasti, Werkhoven, and Russo for being thoughtful. According to Guasti, she and her roommates had considered keeping the money but decided that they could not.

Lara Russo also detailing how they found the money to Associated Press | Photo:  youtube.com/Associated Press

Lara Russo also detailing how they found the money to Associated Press | Photo: youtube.com/Associated Press

She said, at the end of the day, the money was not theirs to keep. Guasti said if any of them had spent the money, it would have felt very wrong.

With the level of greed and deceit overtaking the world today, more people like Russo, Werkhoven, and Guasti are needed. Their kind-heartedness will always be remembered and appreciated.

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