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Good Samaritan returns cash found in donated purse

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Carolyn Boyce, Providence House employee poses with Rhonda Watts, Director of programs. Carolyn Boyce, Providence House employee poses with Rhonda Watts, Director of programs.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport non-profit employee is being hailed as a Good Samaritan after finding and returning a large amount of cash found in a donated purse.

The purse with the cash hidden in an inside pocket was donated to the Providence House, a non-profit that works to prevent homelessness.

Carolyn Boyce made the discovery after sorting through donated purses last Friday.

As part of the process, she always checks the pockets to make sure nobody left anything of value. She noticed one purse had something thick in what looked to be a secret pocket.

"I unzipped it and my eyes got real big. I was like whoa!" Boyce said.

She found a huge wad of cash, totaling $1,580. What to do next was not hard for her to decide.

"You know how you have God on one shoulder and devil on the other. Well I had God on this side and my pastor on this side," Boyce said pointing to both her shoulders.

The voice of her pastor in her head reminded her integrity is the key to everything. Right away Boyce called her supervisor, Rhonda Watts, who explained what happened next.

"She reaches in her pocket and pulls out this wad of cash and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh,'" she said.

After some searching, Watts found the owner of the cash, who explained the money was for her kid's activities. She had forgotten where she placed the cash.

"She was very grateful to have it returned," Watts said.

The owner of the cash surprised Boyce with $100 for her honesty.

"It really felt wonderful. It came at the right time, because I did have a need for it," Boyce said.

Boyce was recently promoted to donation supervisor.

"What happened really just solidified our decision in our faith and trust in her as an employee here," Watts said.

"Like I always tell people, 'Always do the right thing; it pays off," she said.

Boyce said with a promotion and reward, it certainly paid off for her.

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