“And we were screaming,” she said “In the morning, our neighbors were like, ‘We thought you won the lottery.’”
Mixed in with the cash was a deposit slip with a woman’s name on it. Werkhoven called her the next morning.
“She said, ‘I have a lot of money in that couch and I really need it,’” Guasti said.
They drove to the home of the woman, who turned out to be the elderly woman. She cried in gratitude when they gave her the cash she had hidden away.
The woman’s family had donated the couch to the Salvation Army while she was having health problems.
“It’s not our money, said Werkhoven, of New York City. “We didn’t have any right to it.”
Guasti said the cash simply wasn’t theirs. “I think if any of us had used it, it would have felt really wrong.”