As you people pass a donation box at a museum or memorial, it’s not uncommon to see people digging into their pants pockets for spare coins and bills to share. But one random donation box hanging at the future September 11 memorial site in New York stunned officials when they discovered $10,000 anonymously deposited, a sizable donation to help build the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Joe Daniels, president of the memorial and museum fund, said the donation of 99 $100 bill and five $20s were retrieved Tuesday evening from the memorial preview site at Ground Zero, the former location of the World Trade Center’s twin towers.
Memorial officials think the anonymous donor slipped the money into the box between 5pm — when the box was last checked — and 7pm when the site closed. The donation is believed to have been made by a single person and site officials said the bills were crisp and unfolded, as if they’d recently been withdrawn from a bank.
Around 3,000 people reportedly visit the memorial preview site every day, where they can see plans for the Freedom Tower memorial.
Kyle Miller, 23, of Bangor, Penn., told the Post: “I think it’s great because it shows that people are supporting our nation. And whoever gave it isn’t looking for anything in return.”
To date, the memorial fund has raised $370 million for construction and future operation of the memorial site.