Goodwill of Silicon Valley generated a little good will of its own a couple of months back when a donation of clothing was made at its Willow Glen store by Christopher Jones on behalf of his father, retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Albert Jones.

What the younger Jones didn't know at the time of the July donation was that one of his father's suit jackets contained $7,500 in cash that his father had put there and forgotten about. Liesl Silver, a sorter at Goodwill, later was checking the pockets and reported the money that she discovered. They didn't know who had made the donation then, but there were clues: The 75 $100 bills were in a Bank of America envelope along with two blank deposit slips, a partial account number and the name Jones.

Bank of America employee Brenda Folks tracked down the Joneses and got the money back to them. And, in a generous display of gratitude, the family made a $1,500 donation to Goodwill.

BOOKS IN A BIND: A business that could really use some good will right now is BookSmart in Morgan Hill, which is trying to raise $300,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to stay afloat. The business, owned by Brad Jones and Cinda Meister, became saddled with debt as a result of the economic downturn coupled with failed expansion attempts.

With options to escape the crippling debt running out, the couple decided to turn to the community they've served for 20 years to become stakeholders in the business.


Advertisement

They're offering "honorary stock" on Indiegogo, with different perks like buttons and ice cream socials available depending on the level of investment made. They've only gotten a fraction of support needed with less than two weeks to go in the campaign, but Jones remains hopeful.

"The real news here is that even a company who has been in business for 20 years and has a clear path out of the weeds can't get help from a bank unless you have real estate to put up as collateral," Jones says.

Check out the campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/become-a-booksmart-stockholder-save-booksmart

A TOAST FOR HOPE: On Tuesday, Hope Services will be raising a glass -- and money -- at O'Flaherty's Pub in downtown San Jose in honor of Joe Campbell, its former CEO who died earlier this year.

Hope Services, which provides programs like job training to individuals with developmental disabilities in Santa Clara County, is donating proceeds from the 5:30 p.m. event to the Rotary PlayGarden, a play area in the Guadalupe River Park being designed so it's accessible for special needs kids.

A donation of $25, which includes appetizers and a no-host bar, is requested. RSVP to Angela Mazza at 408-284-2862 or amazza@hopeservices.org.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.