Just a week ago, Lee Parker was homeless and digging through trash, but thanks to a startling discovery, he now he has a home and job prospects lined up.
Parker and Ivan White are being hailed as heroes after they found a bag full of pipe bombs at the Elizabeth Train Station, moved the bag away from people, and alerted authorities last Sunday.
Their good deed did not go unnoticed in the community.
Lester Dominguez, president of a local non-profit At Heart’s Length, and friend Donald Goncalves, started a GoFundMe for the two good Samaritans, and the campaign has earned more than $25,000 thus far.
“This story hit home because it happened in our own hometown. These guys, for us they are heroes. Don called me up to start the GoFundMe to raise a reward for this gentleman,” Dominguez told InsideEdition.com.
The two men may have saved lives. Their discovery was made on the same weekend bombs went off in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was later arrested for the attacks, following a gunbattle with police.
The money raised will be split three ways between Parker, White, and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.
According to NJ.com, Be the Change NJ, a group of Kean University students and staff, has set Parker up with an efficiency room at a local hotel. Dominguez said the hotel is in downtown Elizabeth and that the Elizabeth Coalition is helping Parker find something permanent.
Prior to the stunning discovery in the trash, Parker was sleeping from couch-to-couch and on the streets, Dominguez said.
Dominguez and Goncalves were considering dishing out the cash last week because their original goal was $10,000 but decided to wait it out after donations kept pouring in.
“I’m still in shock about how much is coming in,” Dominguez said.
Dominguez said the two men were very surprised at what was being done for them.
Comments poured in on the GoFundMe Page thanking the men for that they had done. Many offered Lee the backpack that he had been searching for but he reportedly already has two now.
"Hero? Nah, I won't go that far," Parker told WABC, adding that he was "just doing the right thing."
The State Legislature plans to honor the Lee and Parker in a ceremony on October 20.
These two people were on the fringe of society, but they were clearly walking with angels that night," Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said.