Anonymous donor comes forward to help honest teen




Posted on May 11, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Updated Thursday, May 12 at 10:25 AM

Should Ashley Donaldson be allowed to keep the cash that she found?

PLANO — Just hours after News 8 aired the story of Ashley Donaldson's honesty, an anonymous donor has come forward to help the Shepton High School freshman and her family. 

In February, Ashley found $2,000 in the parking lot at the Pavillion Center in North Dallas. Instead of keeping it, she turned it in, thinking she would get the money back if it was not claimed. 

Three months later, under a new policy, the City of Dallas told her the unclaimed money will go into a general fund and not back to the finder.

But an anonymous donor from Fort Worth has stepped in a check for $4,000 to reward Ashley's honesty — and to help her family.

"I was completely shocked," she said. "I couldn't breathe ... I was just so happy and just so amazed at how they could do that for me."

At the time she found the envelope, Ashley and her family — four siblings and two parents — were living in a one-bedroom apartment, and they are still facing financial difficulties.

The family moved to North Texas  from Colorado back in November.

They lived in the small apartment until two weeks ago, when the family moved into a home in Plano.

At school on Wednesday, Ashley said her teacher turned on a TV news report about her discovery. "It just really made me think of how many people would've done the opposite thing, and it made me feel even more proud of myself," she said, adding this:

"Stand for what you believe is right, no matter what anyone says, no matter what they might think, it really doesn't matter. You have to know that you did the good thing."

If you would like to help Ashley Donaldson, you can do so at area Chase Bank branches in the name of the Ashley Donaldson Fund.