Homeless man returns 3,000 dollars to owner, his life changes

Dave Tally, had been homeless for seven years when one day in November, 2010 found a bag with money, in a railway station, in Temp, U.S.A.

However, instead of keeping the 3,000 dollars, a quite a big sum of money for someone being in this situation, Tally decided to return the money to its rightful owner. The money would have helped him get off the streets, get a small apartment, a bicycle and soon perhaps even a job.

However, Tally felt that this was not the right thing to do and he thought about the person that lost the money. This person might have been a student that saved money for school.

So, he went to a charity called Tempe Community Action Agency, a charity that works with churches in the area in order to provide housing for homeless people. Tally has consulted the manager of the charity and asked him what he should do, however the manager let him take the decision.

This was the decision that changed his life. Tally decided to return the money to the rightful owner . He found that the owner was a student called Bryan Belanger who, on his way to work while talking on his phone, forgot about his bag and got on the train. The money were saved to buy a used car because his old car has been wrecked in a car accident.

Dave Tally’s destiny started to change

When finding out about the good deed, Bryan’s mother called the newspapers and his story became famous around the U.S. Donations started to come and around 10,000 dollars were raised for Tally. More than that, a dentist offered to fix his teeth for free and a lawyer volunteered for getting his driving licence back ( which he lost due to a DUI).

Tally started to appear on television, was invited to several TV shows and even did a commercial for a coffee brand.

But he did not let this fame get into his head. Now in 2013, Tally has a small apartment, a job and volunteers at the shelter that helped him in his homeless years. Because Tally used to be a landscaper and a gardener , he is helping now the charity with taking care of a garden that provides vegetables and fruits for the charity kitchen.

Tally has reminded people not to think about all homeless people as drug addicts, as many end up like this because they have lost their jobs in this tough recession. Of course many of them want to get back to their normal lives and it’s important to give them a chance and not to judge them.

Here’s a video about his story


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Autumn
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 17:26:22

    Hello Mr. Tally,

    Please contact me


  2. Pete
    Aug 02, 2014 @ 16:25:33

    I remember this guy’s story and sent him a gift in 2010. I hope you’re doing well Dave – being the exception to the rule can be a good thing. Pete


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