A lot of us—I confess I’ve done it—have gotten distracted getting into the car and left something on the roof or trunk and driven off. That’s what Jane Corbett of Shrewsbury, Mo., did near St. Louis last week.
But Corbett didn’t leave a cup of coffee or bag of groceries on her trunk. She left an envelope with $835 earmarked for meals for the homeless. The money was collected by members of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church where those meals are served.
Thanks to the fast action of Plasterers and Cement Masons (OPCMIA) member Ray Leuthauser and the generosity of his fellow union members, nobody missed a meal.
Leuthauser, a member of OPCMIA Local 3, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he was on his way home from work when:
I noticed this envelope on the trunk of the car in front of me. And then when the car sped up, the money started flying everywhere. I started honking like crazy, but she didn't hear me.
He pulled to the side of the road and collected what he could, $330, but much of the money flew into speeding traffic. Luckily Corbett had left a tax-credit card made out in the name of the church. Leuthauser contacted the church and was put in touch with Corbett.
When he met her the next day to return what he had collected. Corbett mentioned that $500 was lost in the wind, but that she would make it up out of her pocket. First, Leuthauser dipped into his wallet for $20, and when he got to work, told the story to his co-workers.
That's when some of the other guys on the job—carpenters, plumbers, electricians, sheet-metal workers—decided to pitch in. We all agreed this nice lady shouldn't have to make up that much money. So we raised the missing $505.