Two Wakefield men were featured in a Boston Globe article over the weekend for their plentyoftwenties.com website, which helps strangers find randomly hidden $20 bills – and which has even been lining up sponsors and quite a following in the process.
The Globe report focused on Wakefield High School Class of 1994 graduates Steven Grant and Richard Cook, who along with the previously mentioned website, also use social media and apps to tell followers where they might find the $20. The newspaper noted that the two have reportedly distributed some $7,000 in hidden $20 bills over the past year, with some help from business sponsors.
The two were also featured in October, 2011 in a story and video by CBS Boston that can be viewed at this link.
Another article featuring Grant and Cook is in Boston University's "BU Today" publication from January.
Finally, the press section on the Plenty of Twenties website boasts an impressive array of other appearances in regional and national publications.
The website offers some more information about Grant and Cook. “No, they’re not wealthy or crazy. They’re curious, and they want to brighten some days and help the Boston economy in their own little way,” says their website, which also notes that Grant is a lawyer and Cook is a psychiatrist.
There is a charitable component to Plenty Of Twenties as well. This page on their website reports that they give $2 to one of five specific charities (National Breast Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, National Alliance For the Mentally Ill – Mass. Chapter, Neighborhood Legal Services, and the James M. Joly Zeal Fund), whenever someone reports on the website that they’ve found a twenty, or when a twenty gets sponsored.
And although at first glance there doesn’t seem to be any particular profit potential in giving away twenty dollar bills, these two guys seem to be on the right track. For $40, businesses are invited to “sponsor a $20,” and with a $100 option for getting featured in email blasts.