Ashley Donaldson, 15, found $2,000 cash in an envelope in a North Dallas, Texas, parking lot.
Without hesitation, the teen handed over the money to authorities.
Dallas police told her that if no one claimed the money, it would be hers in three months.
Then policy changed.
Ashley's community took action.
Hailed as a local hero for her honesty, Ashley was suddenly on the receiving end of encouraging emails and unexpected generosity, including a $4,000 anonymous donation.
Her supporters even lobbied the city to overturn the decision to keep the cash.
When Ashley first found the money, keeping it was not an option. She certainly could have used it; at the time, she and her four siblings were living with her parents in a one-bedroom apartment.
That didn't matter. The money wasn't hers to keep.
"This could be someone else's life, this could be someone's home," she told News 8. "If I took it, I could never live down the guilt that would be in me."
Her parents beamed with pride.
"It was like
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