If you were to come into a significant sum of money for a charitable cause that you are operating you would obviously be happy and grateful. This is how Susan Babbitt felt when she was informed of the fact that the animal shelter that she operates in Collinsville, Oklahoma had been bequeathed nearly $189,000.
Babbitt was not aware of the donor, Mary Kay Thomas, having any relationship with the shelter in the past, but she was certainly pleased to see the influx of money. The no-kill shelter is always in need of financial assistance, and this amount of money was a dream come true.
Unfortunately, the dream fell apart in short order. A law firm was retained to handle the business of the estate. This firm mistakenly sent the money to the shelter in Collinsville, Oklahoma. In fact Thomas did not leave the money to this particular shelter.
The shelter that she left the bequest to was the animal shelter that is located in Collinsville, Illinois rather than Collinsville, Oklahoma.
Since the bequest doesn’t rightfully belong to her shelter Babbitt must return the money. However, in spite of the obvious disappointment that she would feel at first the outcome has been rather positive in the long run.
The law firm is giving part of its fee ($12,000) for handling the estate of Mary Kay Thomas to the Oklahoma shelter. And, because of publicity about the situation the shelter is receiving a significant influx of donations that it would never have received otherwise.