Library gets $400,000 from stranger

Elk Rapids Library is getting $400,000 from a man they never met.

Elk Rapids Library is getting $400,000 from a man they never met.

The money donated is almost double the amount to what the library usually budgets annually.

The library is conducting a public survey in order to determine where the money will be funded. It will then go to a consulting team, with a final decision taking place in August.

You can participate in the survey to help decide where the money goes here.

Charles Heffer is the man who left this money in his will for the library. The library staff says they never saw him there.

"I can't find anyone in town who knew this man," said Nannette Miller, Elk Rapids Library Director. "I have no idea why he chose this library. He did not have a library card here, but for some reason he chose to leave us money in his will."

Heffer was an engineer for 3M and had been living in Williamsburg for the last several years. He had no children and his wife has also passed away.

"If anyone knows the man, I would love to hear about him," Miller said, "I wish we could thank him."

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