Andrea Lessing, who is an employee at Goodwill located in Norman, Oklahoma, made a very surprising discovery at work. As she was checking out the box of clothing donations, she touched something other than sweaters. It turned out she had found stacks of money among the clothes.
The Goodwill Employee Said Finding Money With the Donated Clothes Was Not Very Unusual
While Lessing clarified that people do leave money with their old clothes, this time, she had found a sum that amounted to $42,000. The Goodwill employee added that she was shocked by the finding and decided to alert her supervisor. Shortly after that, the employees used the documentation of the donation to find the owner of the money and return it.
Lessing Said She Had to Return the Money and Be a Good Role Model for Her 6-Year-Old Daughter
Apparently, the decision to return the money was a no-brainer for Lessing. Though she admitted that it was only human nature for her to think about the opportunities the money would present to her, she ultimately chose to be a good role model for her daughter, who is just six years old. Because Lessing was teaching her daughter the value of compassion and honesty, she said that people could not afford not to practice what they preach.
The Goodwill employee was also rewarded for her altruism as the owner of the money gave her $1,000 as a token of gratitude. Initially, Lessing was very surprised to receive the money because she did not expect it. She also added that she didn’t expect anything, including being on the news and becoming known to people from different states and countries. Her sole motivation was to do the right thing. It seems Lessing is also a big believer in karma because she said that while a good deed may not come back immediately, it eventually does.
When she was asked what she would do with the money, Lessing said she was planning on taking care of some bills and treating her daughter to something really nice.
Bill Gates and His Foundation Are Building New Medical Centers
Bill Gates has a way of coming out of the shadows during difficult and confusing times, and reminding everyone just how ahead of the game and inspiring he always is. His foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has recently announced its plan to build new medical centers and factories for promising COVID-19 vaccine development.
There are 7 vaccines that are being developed at the moment, but it is likely that only 1 or 2 of them will be produced in the end.
Gates announced this plan during an interview he conducted at-home with Trevor Noah from The Daily Show.
Bill Gates Thinking Proactively
Gates mentions that his foundation has a large amount of expertise when it comes to infectious diseases that he decided to fund things, like the efforts to develop a vaccine, in order to be more prepared for what is to come. He also mentions that his money can help to speed things up.
While building the factories to develop the 7 vaccines can result in a waste of billions of dollars in terms of construction costs, having facilities and medical centers that are ready for treatments will pay off in the end by saving thousands of lives.
Bill Gates doesn’t want to waste time when figuring out which vaccine works and in turn, building the factory.
History in Health
An op-ed was published in the Washington Post last week where Bill Gates states that if we do everything right, a safe and effective vaccine can be developed in order to bring the disease to an end. According to him, this can be done in less than 18 months which would be the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed.
Bill Gates believes that if the right decisions are made now using information backed by science, data, and experienced medical professionals, they can save lives and help the country get back to work.
The Gates Foundation has been involved in other initiatives to combat the novel coronavirus. The foundation pledged $100 million to identify, assess, develop, and scale-up the treatments for the virus.