Good Samaritan Becky Wright

At the ATM, one good deed leads to another

After she returned some cash found at an ATM, a good Samaritan’s employer received a $3,000 donation to advance its work providing services to senior adults.

August 25, 2016

Helping others is clearly a large part of Becky Wright’s job as service coordinator for the York County (South Carolina) Council on Aging.

Whenever the mail arrives at Green Street Plaza apartments in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Helen Crockett takes it straight to Becky — the social worker who has split her week serving residents of Green Street Plaza and the White Oak Apartments in York since 2013.

Since eye disorders have taken nearly all the vision in Helen’s right eye and made it hard to read, Helen calls Becky “my other eye” because “She helps me go through my mail and understand everything so I don’t sign anything I’m not supposed to.”

And although helping doesn’t typically receive much fanfare, sometimes it does.

Recently, while making an after-hours deposit, Becky found $300 in cash at a Wells Fargo ATM in Rock Hill. She promptly called the Rock Hill Police Department and waited for the police to arrive so she could personally deliver the money. She followed that up the next morning by taking her ATM receipt in to Wells Fargo’s Rock Hill Main banking store so the bank could pinpoint the time of the other customer’s withdrawal.

“It’s always right to do the right thing,” he said.

A few weeks later, Becky says she was floored when Wells Fargo Regional President Kendall Alley personally greeted her and presented a $3,000 check to the York County Council on Aging in her honor.

“It’s always right to do the right thing,” he said.

Lyn Garris, marketing and development director for the York County Council on Aging, says the money will provide about 7,500 hot meals for senior adults living independently in Chester and York counties. (The council operates seven senior centers and also provides meal service, transportation, housekeeping, and other services.)

“Our goal is to keep seniors living independently in their homes,” Lyn says. “Nutrition plays a key role in enabling them to do this. We were not surprised by what Becky did at the ATM but are thrilled with the outcome. We couldn’t be prouder of her.”

Becky, who once left her purse in a grocery cart but got it back when a shopper spotted it and turned it in, says, “To me, the best part is knowing that the customer got $300 back! Of course I’m thrilled that more people now know about the York County Council on Aging and the needs of senior adults. The people we help are always relieved that they have someone on their side. That’s what I really love about my job. Helping is not going out of your way; it’s what many people do every day.”

Becky Wright (burgundy shirt) assists Shirley Thomasson (in wheelchair) and Helen Crockett (red T-shirt) for the York County Council on Aging
Shirley (left) and Helen (in sunglasses) say they are glad Becky is there whenever they need assistance at Green Street Plaza.

Shirley Thomasson can vouch for that. She’s one of Becky’s “regulars” at Green Street Plaza Apartments; she recently stopped by for tips on how to answer calls on a new cellphone and for help getting her Medicaid benefits restarted.

Stricken with polio as a child and in a wheelchair, Shirley relies on the York County Council on Aging’s hot lunch as her primary meal and will personally benefit from the $3,000 donation.

“It means a lot,” Shirley says of the check and support. “We’re proud of Becky and what she does for us.”

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