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UPI - A California woman who accidentally donated a shirt concealing her husband’s secret stash of $8,000 cash to Goodwill said recovering the money was “a miracle.”

Bob Hoffman, 65, of Placentia, said he had been saving up the money in secret for years to take his wife, Linda, 68, on her dream vacation to Italy.

“My plan was to save $10,000,” Hoffman told the Orange County Register. “Then one day I was going to walk up to her and say, ‘We don’t have to wish anymore.'”

He said he decided to put the vacation plans on hold recently when a relative fell on hard times and was about to be evicted with their children, so he took the money out of the bank and planned to present it to the relative.

Hoffman discovered he had made a mistake, however, when he discovered the shirt where he had hidden the envelope was missing — donated to Goodwill by Linda. “Bob is an extremely strong human being,” Linda Hoffman said. “I don’t want to hurt his male ego … but he was crying. I haven’t seen him that distraught since his parents died.”