A GoFundMe page to benefit a homeless man and his friend who found a backpack in New Jersey packed with bombs has exceeded its $10,000 goal.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the page had pledges nearing $16,000. The GoFundMe page said The Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless placed Lee Parker, who is homeless, in a home and "are working on permanent housing for him."
Parker noticed the backpack near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J., Sunday night because he needed one – he had been carrying his belongings in a blue garbage bag previously, CNN reported.
Parker and his friend Ivan White, who lives on a fixed income according to the GoFundMe page, took the bag.
“So I picked up the bag, looked at it, we started walking and I put the bag down and looked inside it one more time and said, ‘This is a bomb,’” White told CBS New York. “We need to go get the police.’”
At Heart’s Length, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is collecting the funds for Parker and White. One third of the funds collected for White and Parker will go to the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless, a nonprofit providing resources for the homeless based in New Jersey.
Donald Goncalves, who authored the page, said on Facebook, Lee was able to sleep "in an actual bed" this week because of the donations.