Couple Accidentally Donates Soup Can Containing $2,500

When doing good turns to disaster.

By Ethan L. Johns
January 22, 2018

Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Maybe the mattress would have been a better idea, after all.

When a charitable, retired Massachusetts couple donated the contents of their pantry to a local senior center, odds are they felt pretty good about their good deed. Contentment was soon replaced with horror, however, when they realized that they gave away a bit more than they had intended.

One of their soup cans, as it turned out, was not full of soup, but full of cash. Over the years, Mr. and Mrs. Mattuchio from Middleton, Massachusetts, had amassed $2,500 in rainy day savings, the sum of which they kept in a fake Campbell’s soup can with a screw-off bottom. When a neighbor came and asked if they wanted to donate, they emptied out their cabinets.

It wasn’t until weeks later, when they went to add some money to the tin, that they realized their error.

In an effort to find her parents’ cash, Amanda Mattuchio spoke to Boston 25 News and asked everyone who had visited the senior center to check their cabinets.

“I just hope that whoever did find the money—if it has been found—that they’ll see this [report] and maybe find it in their heart to return it,” she said.

In the meantime, the police have reached out to the Mattuchios to offer assistance, and are keeping their ears to the ground in the hope that someone will mention finding the can.

If the can isn’t returned, Mr. Mattuchio hopes that, at least, whoever finds it is able to “make their own life a little easier.”

If, by some stroke of odd coincidence, you are reading this and know something about a Campbell’s soup can containing $2,500, please contact the Middleton Police Department.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns