TULSA - Seventy-hours after one of Tulsa's homeless was recognized for finding and returning stolen documents to a local stranger, the world remains captivated.
Donations have come in from all over to the Tulsa Day Center, where Rayburn West sometimes stays. The story first hit on Reddit, a social news website that's known for rapid sharing, when Luke Black uploaded a photo of his wife and the Mohawked West.
"This homeless man found a bunch of my wife's stolen property strewn all over downtown Tulsa," Black captioned the photograph. "He took the time to gather it all up in the rain and call us for retrieval. I just want to recognize him as being an awesome human being."
Black's post, which has garnered just under 2,500 comments as of Monday night, quickly took on a life of its own, with fellow "Redditors" independently sending money to the Day Center as a way to thank West. Before long, transaction status posts of $10, $20, $340 -- one person even pledged 144 toothbrushes to the center.
2NEWS caught up with West over the weekend, who called the reaction to the good deed "far out."
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Sandra Lewis, executive director of the Tulsa Day Center, also appeared shocked Monday when asked about the influx of donations.
"We have this one little slice of something that's good and positive and people clearly want to hear that," she said. "They're responding to it. It's all been so positive and amazing."
To donate to the center, visit www.tulsadaycenter.org or call (918) 556-6425.
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