BOSTON (CBS) — A man has risen to replace money taken from Dana Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic collection boxes. “As Mr. Rogers would say… ‘seek the helpers.’ Our helper today was Michael, a sailor who heard about the theft of all the money collected from our dinosaur banks,” Patient and Family Program Director Lisa Scherber wrote on Facebook.
The banks are outside the Jimmy Fund Clinic on Binney Street. Last week, a man allegedly emptied the purple dinosaur of its tickets twice. At least one of the banks was broken in the process.
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“With tears in [Michael’s] eyes, he gave me a handful of money. “That should cover what was taken from the dinosaurs.” Yes Michael, it covers more than the funds we lost, and it makes all of us who work every day at The Jimmy Fund clinic feel like our hearts are overflowing,” Scherber wrote.
Donations at Dinosaur Banks go directly to children.
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Scherber also spoke with WBZ-TV. “We’re going to be planning something really amazing because of Michael and it’s going to make us feel really special. Dinosaur money goes straight to the kids, whether it’s an ice cream or cookie day or the next zoo week where every day is a different animal.
She said she and Michael were a little emotional when he dropped off his donation.
“I just knew from that moment that he made the difference,” Scherber said. “I want his face to be all over the place and not the youngster who had a really bad day and decided to take the children’s funds from the Jimmy Fund.”
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“I just think there’s a million more Michaels, and I think he represents everything good in this world. And we really needed that on that Friday.