A Minnesota couple struck gold last week when a home they were renovating was found to be loaded with cash. Andy and Carissa Rasmussen, who own a home renovation company, were amazed to find around $30,000 dollars lying under the home’s rotting floorboards.
“When we pulled it out, you could see it was ripped open by mice, or mold or wet. Took a peek in there and you could see it was all green backs,” Andy Rasmussen told KMSP-TV of Thursday’s discovery.
“We looked through it,” he said. “It’s $20s and $50s, I’d say $30,000. Maybe more.”
In their 13 years of running Accessible Homes, which does home improvement projects for people with disabilities, the Rasmussens had never seen anything like this.
“When we opened up the floor there’s a heat duct that was run under the floor,” Rasmussen said. “And so someone previously must have gone into the utility room and thrown the money up on top of that duct. Pretty crazy.”
“It’s hard to process that amount of cash just laying around, and no one knew existed,” he said. “Well, someone knew, but forgot about.”
Given the circumstances, the couple could hardly be blamed if they decided to keep the money for themselves — no one would even have to know about their little secret.
But instead, they gave every last dollar to Bethesda, the Christian nonprofit that owns the home they were renovating. Bethesda provides housing services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
“It speaks to the integrity of our guys and our company,” Rasmussen said. “That we have honest, hard-working people working for us and that it is not going to waste. It’s going to the non-profit that can help people with disabilities.”
Following Rasmussen’s generous gesture, Bethesda issued a statement commending his actions:
We are so thankful that our contractor on this renovation project, Andy Rasmussen from Accessible Homes, found this money and brought it to our immediate attention. His honesty and integrity are to be commended.
As Rasmussen showed, sometimes doing the right thing is a reward in itself. Now, countless individuals will benefit from the unexpected cash donation.
To learn more about Bethesda’s mission and the work they do, click here.