Missouri residents who have unclaimed property now have the option of donating that property to charity.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, who manages the state's unclaimed property division, made that announcement Wednesday at the State Capitol. He says part of the reason for the new option is that some people are reluctant to reclaim property that's worth only small amounts of money.
Mo. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel views pieces on display from the Unclaimed Property vault on March 22, 2011. More than 1,200 safe deposit boxes were turned over to him this year to be added to Unclaimed Property.
Credit (Office of Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel)
Missouri residents are being urged to find out if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state. Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office currently holds around $600 million in unclaimed cash and merchandise. The items include World's Fair tickets, bank notes from the early 1800's, and unclaimed war medals.