Hidden cash craze hits metro, $36 found in Lenexa, more to come - KCTV5

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Hidden cash craze hits metro, $36 found in Lenexa, more to come

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A Goodland woman was inspired to help coordinate drops in Kansas after hearing about a California man giving away thousands by leaving envelopes stuffed with cash in West Coast parks. A Goodland woman was inspired to help coordinate drops in Kansas after hearing about a California man giving away thousands by leaving envelopes stuffed with cash in West Coast parks.
Jeff White and his three sons found the cash in an envelope attached to pole at the disc golf course at Shawnee Mission Park. Jeff White and his three sons found the cash in an envelope attached to pole at the disc golf course at Shawnee Mission Park.
LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -

Several people now have some extra money in their pockets after searching for hidden cash stashed in a Lenexa park.

Someone hiding envelopes containing cash made a drop in Lenexa after tweeting the first clue Wednesday morning.

It is a trend that has taken over Twitter, as tweets are sent out with clues of where to find the cash.

A Goodland woman was inspired to help coordinate drops in Kansas after hearing about a California man giving away thousands by leaving envelopes stuffed with cash in West Coast parks.

"Drop:Clue1: Its a great day for golfing, Lenexa Kansas," @HiddenCashKS tweeted about 8 a.m.

Thirty minutes later, another tweet revealed more details.

"Lenexa, wait.... Did you think we meant ball golf?... nope disc golf," the tweet stated. "Lenexa 3rd clue: The cash is where the 18th basket goes if the hole was playing short."

Jeff White and his three sons were all over following the clues. The only problem, though, was that they were on foot while another cash hunter, who was covering more ground in a golf cart, beat them to the dough.

They found it at about the same time as a Parks and Recreation employee in an envelope attached to pole at the 18th hole of the disc golf course at Shawnee Mission Park.

"I walked down here and I said, ‘Hey, did you find it?' And he said, ‘Yeah, I got it.' And I'm like, ‘Awww man, you're cheating, you're in a golf cart.' And he said, ‘Yeah, you're right, you guys would have found it.' Because I had all my kids running all over the golf course looking for it," White said. "He [the other guy who ended up letting them have the money] was a real nice guy. His name was Kelby and he said, ‘Yeah, you guys found it, so here.' It was $36."

His children were thrilled. They decided to split the cash along with a third person who showed up right behind them.

The White family used some of the cash to celebrate their successful scavenger hunt by buying treats at a convenience store.

"I think it is a lot of fun. Thank you very much to whoever donated $36. It gives my kids something to do, got them a treat and they can't wait for the next clue," White said.

Dozens of people searched the park hoping to find the hidden cash. They followed clues posted to the @HiddenCashKS Twitter page.

"I think it's a great idea. I mean, it's something like, what is there, the Secret Santa that they have? I think it's a great idea for people to do that," one man said.

Part of the mystery is using the clues to find the cash and the other part is how much money will actually be at each secret location. No matter the amount, it'll probably be welcome for anyone who does find it.

"I think in this day in the economy people are really desperate for money and needing money. You know, I just think it's a nice gesture," said Kathryn Dawn, of Kansas City, KS.

Michael Jaume is among the growing group of people who would love to find the hidden loot.

"Personally, I'm unemployed right now. Times being as tough as they are, you know, a little extra money here and now, it doesn't hurt to pay the bills and keep the light going," he said.

KCTV5 has a big clue about the next drop on Wednesday where the first clue will be given out about 6:30 p.m. The Kansas City, KS, Community College campus is big, bigger than many may realize, especially if they're looking for a little extra money.

For those who don't find any dough Wednesday, there are more hidden cash drops scheduled for Thursday.

You can follow @HiddenCashKS on Twitter for more clues.

If you want to donate and do your own hidden cash drop, you can email hiddencashks@yahoo.com.

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