‘Unlucky’ Man Finds $43k in His Couch

Instead of Keeping it, He Does the Unexpected

Howard Kirby knows what it’s like to be down and out. Within a few years, Howard went through a divorce, lost a cousin to cancer, and had a kidney removed. Soon after, Howard’s eldest son lost his job and needed to move into Howard’s place with his wife and pets.

However, as Howard now knows, luck is a tricky thing that can bounce back up as quickly as it falls.

In the house he now shares with his son Ben and daughter-in-law Diane, Howard had a couch he bought from a thrift store. The couch was particularly uncomfortable, leading Diane to open up one of the cushions to investigate what was inside. That’s when Diane discovered two envelopes filled with money, $43,000 in cash to be exact.

Like Howard’s luck, his next step was unpredictable. Instead of using the money for home repairs or other necessities, Howard wanted to give it back.

“Being a born-again Christian, Christ in me is the one that actually gave the money back,” Howard told MLive. “Remember the bracelets, WWJD? Well, that’s what Jesus would do.”


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