TERRELL, Texas — "Do the right thing, even when no one is looking," — a phrase often quoted by Terrell Police Department's Captain A.D. Sansom.

The Terrell Police Department saw action in that phrase when two Texas Department of Transportation workers found a pile of cash along the road and turned it in to the department.

That pile of cash, more than $2,000, belonged to a North Texas non-profit organization, Soul's Harbor, which provides shelter for recovering drug addicts and former inmates.

The money was in a bank bag that was inadvertently left on top of a car after the organization's assistant director fueled his vehicle at Buc-ee's in Terrell. Upon realizing the money was missing, Reggie Finch returned and searched where he believed he lost the bag, only to find several bills near a storm drain.

The money was lost on a Friday and, with torrential rains over the weekend, the money was assumed gone forever. Only, on Monday morning, Finch received a phone call from the Terrell Police Department that the money had been found.

"I was completely floored that these individuals found my money in a drainage ditch and turned it in," Finch stated on Facebook.

"A small moral choice that meant the world to that volunteer and non-profit," read a statement from TxDOT praising the employees.

Mathew Richards has been covering local and breaking news in Forney since 2012, later expanding that coverage throughout Kaufman County. Send tips directly to the attached email or our news desk at