BOULDER – Anonymous donors, from two different groups, hid envelopes of cash in Cottonwood Pass and around Boulder yesterday then alerted Coloradans to be on the lookout via Twitter accounts @HiddenCash and @HiddenCashCO.
A friend of the anonymous @HiddenCash in California hid $100 behind the sign at the summit of Cottonwood Pass, a mountain pass located near the border of Chaffee and Gunnison counties.
A few altruistic Coloradans had a similar idea, created an account called @HiddenCashCo then tweeted," ... planning on staying in Boulder ... though we may venture out of downtown!"
Jared Trusty, 30-years-old, emailed 9NEWS saying he found the stashed cash under a stack of rocks behind the Cottonwood Pass summit sign.
9NEWS confirmed with @HiddenCash that Trusty was the one who found the $100.
"When I arrived at the top of Cottonwood Pass a couple and a young woman were already searching for the hidden cash. It took me about 10 minutes to spot a stack of rocks behind the Pass sign," Trusty wrote in an email to 9NEWS. "The stack reminded me of a story you guys did about a young man … who stacks rocks in the Boulder Creek. I walked over to the rocks pushed them aside and underneath was the white envelope of cash."
Trusty decided to share his cash, "after seeing the faces of the other three people searching," he wrote in the email. "I gave the couple from Gunnison a $20-bill, and I gave the young lady a $20 also. It was just the right thing to do."
Trusty said in an interview with 9NEWS that he got the tip to start searching for the cash via a Facebook message from a friend.
"I heard about it from a friend on Facebook who lives in Oklahoma City. He saw it on Twitter and told me I should go look for the money. I live 15 miles down the road, so I figured I'd check it out."
Although he's shying away from the spotlight Trusty said it felt great to find the money.
"I was ecstatic! I had a feeling I was going to find it, but then I thought, 'it's been so long, somebody already found it."
Trusty's advice for other people looking for stashed cash is to pay attention to the pictures posted on Twitter.
"I saw the sign and I saw the way the rocks were stacked. If there's a picture, it's probably hidden within the picture."
The friends behind the Twitter account @HiddenCashCO hid six envelopes stuffed with $40 of free cash around the City of Boulder on Wednesday and tweeted clues to locations of the envelopes.
9NEWS reached out to the @HiddenCashCo Twitter account and received a reply saying those behind the account are a group of friends who wish to remain anonymous and are not connected any way to the anonymous California donor at @HiddenCash.
They replied that they were inspired by what was happening in California and decided to do the same in Boulder. They each donated some money to be hidden around Boulder.
Dozens of people followed the trail of clever rhyming clues, which began at 10:41 a.m. Wednesday.
At 5:20 p.m., Kirsten Duncan tweeted a selfie with the cash and the envelope after she found the last of the six envelopes stashed throughout the day.
Paying it forward too is the right thing to do according to the group behind @HiddenCashCO. Their last tweet of the night on Wednesday was, "Thanks to all for following our clues--don't forget to #payitforward too!"
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