FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick found 'hidden cash' in DC-- and here's w

FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick found 'hidden cash' in DC-- and here's what she did with it

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FOX 5's Melanie Alwick found the cash-- and paid it forward to someone who really needed it. FOX 5's Melanie Alwick found the cash-- and paid it forward to someone who really needed it.
If you were watching Good Day DC on Thursday morning, you probably heard us talking about the search for some "hidden cash" in D.C.  That anonymous philanthropist asked the lucky finder to pay it forward and do something nice for someone else.  Well, the person who found it was FOX 5 reporter Melanie Alnwick-- and here's her story of how she paid it forward:

"I Found the Cash" today.  An anonymous philanthropist decided to continue what @HiddenCash started in L.A.: Hiding cash, tweeting clues, and having followers share their finds.

We don't know much about the D.C. donor -- @ihidthecash hasn't offered up personal details yet.  I didn't even plan to search for it.  I just happened to be in the right area on my way back to the station in northwest D.C.  

What I found was $25 tucked underneath a trash bin.   The note asked that I buy myself a coffee and bagel, and then consider buying one for someone who can't afford it.

Funny thing about having money to give -- I felt a huge responsibility to faithfully honor @ihidthecash's wishes.  I needed to do this right.

I thought about a journal entry I wrote last December -- and immediately knew what to do:

~~~ 12/18/2013 ~~~

Sometimes
When I see a beggar working the side of the road

I change lanes.

Sometimes
I pretend I'm on the phone.

Sometimes
I look right past and avoid their gaze.

Sometimes
I question if they're telling the truth on their hand-scrawled sign.

Sometimes
I wonder:  What if that's God, personified - testing me?

And though I have doubts about the existence of God these days.

I give them money, just in case.


~~~~~

I saw a guy living next to the library, trying desperately to keep his life's belongings protected from the gloomy drizzle.  He was wary of me at first. Suspicious.   I showed him the note and asked if he'd allow me to give him the money.  A broad, warm smile bloomed across his craggy face.  THAT was worth it.



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