Staff for a charity discover $55,000 in cash concealed in donated sweaters.
The mother was going through clothes before they were sold and was taken aback by what she learned inside.
Andrea Lessing discovered a once-in-a-lifetime discovery while sorting donated clothing at her charity shop work.
She discovered a stash of envelopes filled with cash inside a pair of jumpers, which were so thick she initially mistook them for books, according to People.
The clothes were being checked by the mother as part of a routine examination before being sold at a Goodwill store in the United States.
“I’ve seen a lot of strange items that have been donated only by working here for a month and a half,” she told NBC affiliate KFOR news station. “You want to be sure the product is in good condition; there should be no stains, cracks, tears, or rips.”
“There were just stacks of envelopes with $100 bills in them. “My first reaction was that it was a hoax,” she said.
The money, however, was real and totaled $US42,000 ($A55,000).
Normally, the charity shop would not be able to refund the money, but the owners were lucky enough to have documents that recorded them, and it was returned to them.
Ms. Lessing, who has a six-year-old daughter, said it was impossible not to remember how life-changing that sum of money would be if she kept it, but she had to do the right thing.
“I have a daughter, and I adore her,” she clarified. “You can’t put a price on my daughter.” “I understand the dangers of stealing the money, and I believe in karma. I believe that if you do good things, good things will come back to you.”
Ms Lessing, on the other hand, was rewarded for her good deed with a $US1000 ($A1300) gift from the owner, which made her weep with joy.
“Her birthday is in July, so now I can finally throw her an incredible birthday party,” she said.