$2,000 mystery envelope of money solved

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Man dropped envelope funds for MS society off at wrong house

There’s perhaps no better way to let people know about MS Awareness Month than to lose almost $2,000 in fundraising money and then recover it again.

Zita Kavanagh-Taylor and her 10-year-old son, Alexander, sit with MS awareness balloons at their home. Kavanagh-Taylor has retrieved the nearly $2,000 belonging to the MS Society that was left at her neighbour’s address by mistake.

The Telegram’s front page story today tells of how Tammy Pottle, who was hanging laundry in her backyard Thursday, was called back indoors by her 10-year-old son, Jordan.

A brown envelope with almost $2,000 in it was mysteriously sitting on her dining room table. Her son said a man with a white moustache had left it there.

Earlier story: Stranger gives boy mystery money

The envelope had the mark of the Multiple Sclerosis Society on it so Pottle tried calling them but couldn’t get an answer. She then turned the money over to police.

Zita Kavanagh-Taylor is the chair of the MS chapter for St. John’s—Mount Pearl and surrounding area.

“I couldn’t get the paper in my hands fast enough this morning,” she says.

Recently, the $1,970 was raised at a MS function at the Elk’s Club. There was a flag raising Thursday at St. John’s City Hall to mark May as MS Awareness Month and a board member of the society, Ron Butler, told Kavanagh-Taylor he would drop the money off at her house so she could send it to the society’s head office in Halifax.

Kavanagh-Taylor and Pottle live on the same street and there’s a difference of just three numbers in their addresses. Also, Pottle has a 10-year-old son and Kavanagh-Taylor has a five-year-old son.

Butler simply made a mistake.

“His heart was up in his throat when he read the story,” Kavanagh-Taylor says of Butler.

He called her right away this morning when he saw the story in The Telegram.

“We’re definitely raising awareness,” Kavanagh-Taylor laughs.

She plans on going to thank Pottle for turning the money over. Though they should live right next to each other according to their numbered addresses, the numbers of their street are so skewed that they live on separate parts of the road and don’t know each other.

“It shows that people are honest,” Kavanagh-Taylor says. ”It’s a good news story with a happy ending.”

Pottle, whose good friend has MS, says she’s happy the money is back where it belongs and that she knows the truth behind the bizarre incident.

“I’m just glad that somebody read it this morning and it turned out the way it did.”

Organizations: MS society, Multiple Sclerosis Society

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Elk, Halifax

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  • Bobby Ryan
    May 03, 2014 - 19:48

    Good for MS Society! Now they have more money to spend on "Administrative Costs". Miss Pottle should have kept the "Administrative" part of that envelope for herself or just give it directly to someone with MS.

    • Cathy
      May 05, 2014 - 20:24

      There are so many errors in the original story, The Telegram should issue an apology to its readers for such poor journalism. Get your story right before you go to press Josh Pennell. And I believe you are misinformed also Bobby Ryan, if you think that MS funds are misused. Many MS Society volunteers do excellent work in raising awareness and funds. It's a good thing Ms Pottle's son encouraged his mother to do the right thing turn over the cheques.