Mystery Giver Leaves $10,000 In WTC Donation Box

NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS/CBS 2) — An anonymous benefactor in New York City stuffed $10,000 in cash into a 9/11 donation box at the World Trade Center.

Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said that officials found 99 $100 bills and five 20s in the box on Tuesday night.

The box hangs on a wall at the 9/11 memorial preview site.

“It’s amazing, we do get donations at the site every single day, but nothing on the scale of a $10,000 gift,” Daniels told 1010 WINS. “It’s just tremendously heart-warming.”

Memorial officials believe the money was slipped into the box sometime between 5 p.m. — when the box was last checked — and 7 p.m., when the preview site closed.

Officials believe the donation was made by a single person. They say the bills were crisp and unfolded, appearing to have been recently withdrawn from the bank.

Daniels said officials would love to know the donor’s name so they could say thank you but he added, “if the donor wishes to remain anonymous we understand that too.”

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  • A Survivor

    I was in the North Tower on 9/11 and was more fortunate than many people that day. I am now out of work but i am happy that someone more fortunate is able to make such a generous donation. Your heart is in the right place. I hope your gift helps create the best memorial possible for the loved ones that never made it home to their family that horrible day.

  • Devenio

    Blessings to whomever did it.

  • go

    everyone thinks their countries are so wonderfully #1

    why are you here in the US if it’s so bad….go home.

  • Chris

    ur an idiot..whoever did it is probably the nicest most caring person on the planet. I wouild love to know who it was and why he did it. He obviously loves America and it’s nice to see that someone is thinking of the victims. You on the other hand are a complete waste of life loser who doesn’t deserve to be an American.

    • Proud2BAmerican

      Yo, OMAR, go back to hell in Afghanistan

  • OMAR


  • wish I had dough

    I wish I had $10,000 to just blow. I would love to be able to donate a nice check to an organization I support. More power to ya if you can do it.

  • CSI

    Awesome. Who ever it was can i have a job where you work. I need money to blow. Probably someone who had a good day at the market.

  • poopinthepants

    i did it.

  • Joe

    Hey Steve. To make comments like that, you must have it. Can I have some?

    • Steve M.

      Sure Joe.. Do you represent a worthy cause? Or is the worthy cause ‘Joe’ ?

  • matthew

    You’re an idiot for thinking that. Whomever it was obviously cared about the country, and the people effected by 9/11

  • Sesar

    whoever did it is an idiot

    • Steve M.

      Apparently you don’t make enough to be able to afford to give it away. Now who’s the ‘idiot’? ………..Take your time and have someone think about it for you

      • Sesar

        You don’t make any sense

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