Darren Brown, News 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A cloud of cash on the highway could have made a woman's life easier, but instead it changed the lives of her children.
Dorinda Rose coaches a Special Olympics team with her two kids and several others. Finding the money for competitions isn't always easy for her.
"It is a huge struggle every year", said Rose. "All year long, our teams are traveling somewhere, qualifying for either winter games or summer games."
Last week Rose was driving west on I-40 when she came upon a commotion near the Meridian Avenue exit. Cars were stopped and people were running around. Rose thought it was an accident and stopped to see if she could help.
There was no accident, but a large amount of money was blowing around the highway and motorists were stopping to pick it up.
"All of a sudden I see all this money going across the interstate and all these people picking it up," Rose said. "You would hear people say 'Well, I'm getting new shoes, I'm paying my electric bill, I'm doing this.'" However, Rose felt strongly that the money needed to be returned, so she gave the money she recovered to the police later that day.
When word got out about her returning the money, donations started pouring in. Someone anonymously paid for the uniforms that Rose and her team had ordered. Rose's living room is now full of basketballs, softballs, and gloves.
"We have gotten all of the new equipment that we have been needing for over two years," Rose said. "I'm so overwhelmed by it all, that it's just...overwhelming. I can't find the words to say how much this means to me."
Rose wasn't the only one to return money that day. An EMSA crew also turned in the money that they picked up. If the money's rightful owner doesn't show within 45 days, the money goes to those who found it.