Woman blessed by Benny — twice

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Is Benny back with his $100 bills? Keizer’s Joni Powers sure is a Benny Believer. On Valentine’s Day, Powers was shopping in the toy aisle at the Keizer Goodwill store with grandson Jackson, 3. Powers takes care of Jackson full-time so his parents can both work. Having not worked herself for more than 18 months, money is a little tight for Powers. “I live on $30 a week,” Powers said. “Both of my kids work. We just started going back to church. This was after church on (Feb. 14).” Powers said she saw a man who might have been the ever elusive Benny. “That day we were talking,” Powers said of herself and Jackson. “He said, ‘Grandma, are you going to buy those clothes?’ I said, ‘No, I’m too cheap to buy something for myself.’ I told him we couldn’t buy anything. We were in the toy aisle. I had seen this guy being close (to Jackson). I went over near where he was and he left. I went back to the toy aisle and on the third shelf, right there on eye level where he’d been, was a $100 bill. No one could have just dropped it, because it was too high up.” Powers didn’t know what to do and debated internally if she should pick it up or leave it. “I was...

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