Anonymous donors drop cash in Kansas City metro as part of cash hunt craze sweeping nation

MERRIAM, Kan. - A family found $36 that an anonymous donor had left at Shawnee Mission Park in the morning.

And the cars piled up in the afternoon at the Great Plains SPCA Medical Center off of Antioch and I-35.

There, two employees from a nearby business found the metro's biggest drop yet: $100.

They ended up paying it forward and giving it to a co-worker who recently lost her dog to cancer. Now she will have enough money to get another pet.

Rachel Hodgson with the Great Plains SPCA Animal Shelter said she couldn't believe the public's enthusiastic reaction.

"So it was right under here at our benches where our volunteers sit at everyday," she said. "It was taped up under here and they were running back and forth searching for it. It was quite a show to watch!"

The $100 donor, Johnna Pythian, was overjoyed.

"It was amazing and great to see the people receive the money, but then the fact that they paid it forward right in front of me and gifted money to a co-worker so she could adopt a pet - it was amazing! "

The hidden cash movement started with an anonymous donor in San Francisco a few weeks ago. The generosity has caught on in the last week across Kansas as anonymous donors send out clues through Twitter as to where to find the cash drop.

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