March 3 (UPI) -- Employees at a Goodwill store in Texas said it took weeks of searching to find $5,000 cash that was mistakenly left in the pocket of a jacket that was donated to the store.
Goodwill Fort Worth officials said a man came into the thrift store chain's location in Hurst in early February to report that his wife had mistakenly donated an old jacket that had an envelope containing $5,000 cash in the pocket.
"We roughly get donated anywhere from 50 to 200 donations a day, so when the customer had come in, I explained to him that we had to go and sort through bag-per-bag," store manager Rhonda Davis said in a video posted to YouTube by Goodwill Fort Worth.
Davis said workers searched through donations for several days without success. She said the search was slowed when icy weather forced the location to close for multiple days.
The manager said employee Maqayla DeLaPena finally found the envelope three weeks after the search began.
The cash was returned to the customer and DeLaPena was rewarded with a bonus and the Goodwill Medal of Integrity.
"Thank you, Makayla, for your incredible integrity," Terry Willet, the Goodwill retail director of Fort Worth, said while bestowing DeLaPena with the medal. "And thank you for letting Goodwill stand out, as well as yourself."