29 Nov

June 12, 2010 –Housekeeper Jeanne Mydil did the right thing, and South Floridians are following her example.

Mydil’s bosses at Miami International Airport Hotel were happily overwhelmed Friday with an outpouring of phone calls and e-mails from good-hearted citizens eager to donate money to Mydil, who found $6,000 left behind by a missionary group while she was cleaning a room. She promptly turned it into her supervisor.

Friday, South Florida responded in kind.

One anonymous donor called the hotel and put a $6,000 donation on his credit card. Another dropped off $1,000 cash in an envelope and walked out without wanting a thank you.

Dozens of people called The Miami Herald saying they wanted to donate $20, $50 or $100. Many more said they dropped checks in the mail to the hotel.

By the end of the business day Friday, $7,535 had arrived at the hotel for Mydil.

At the time Mydil found the money, she did not realize it belonged to a missionary group from El Paso, Texas, headed to Haiti to help with earthquake relief.

Colleagues honored her Thursday as the Miami International Airport Employee of the Month.

Heidi Herzberger, the hotel controller, said the phone hadn’t stopped ringing Friday.

The ultimate shocker for Herzberger was when she received a call from the person who gave $6,000.

“I asked him how much he wanted to give, he told me $6,000 and I said, ‘Excuse me?’ ” Herzberger said. “Then he said it again. And there was silence. And he said, ‘Hellooo?’ And I said, ‘I’m sorry, I just fell off my chair.’ ”

Miami Herald staff writer Jacqueline Charles contributed to this report.

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