By Jennifer Glickel
MANHATTAN — A very generous person anonymously dropped $10,000 in cash in a donation box at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site on Tuesday evening, according to a news report.
Memorial site officials were shocked to find 99 100-dollar bills and five 20's in the box, which usually only sees rumpled singles and coins.
"I was home watching the Yankee game when I got a call from the preview center's manager. She asked me if I was sitting down," Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, told the New York Post.
"We just found $10,000 in the donation box," the manager told Daniels.
The memorial has received anonymous donations in the past, but in those cases the donor is known to Memorial officials and not made public.
"While we don’t know who left the donation, everyone with the 9/11 Memorial is grateful that someone acknowledges the importance of supporting this national tribute," Michael Frazier, senior communications manager for the 9/11 Memorial, wrote on the organization's blog on Thursday morning.
More than 1 million people have visited the Memorial Preview Site at 20 Vesey St. since it opened in August 2009 to see plans for the memorial and museum, real time images of the construction progress, and 9/11 artifacts.