Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Homeless man returns $$$ engagement ring to owner

An internet campaign to raise money for a homeless man who returned a diamond engagement ring to a woman after it fell into his cup has so far raised nearly $155,000 with 6540 donations as of 6:40pm today.

There is still 79 days to go until the fund closes, initially the target was just $1,000 but the response has been amazing as this story has gone viral around the world.

The kind action of the homeless Billy Ray has restored many people's "trust in human kind", he has shown many that honesty still exists.

Billy Ray was raised by his grandfather - a God fearing reverend

The campaign was set up by the fiancĂ© of Sarah Darling, who accidentally dropped her engagement ring into Mr Harris’ cup while giving him spare change.

Mr Harris discovered the ring about an hour after Ms Darling gave him the money and, although he says he knew it was incredibly valuable, he decided to hold on to it, rather than cash it in.
“The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was expensive,” Mr Harris told local television station KCTV, before adding that he’d had a hunch the owner would return for it and so decided to keep it safe.

Mr Harris, who usually sleeps under a bridge, said that Ms Darling returned to him very upset two days later after trying to find him the previous day to no avail.
He told KCTV: “She squatted down like you did right there and says ‘Do you remember me?’ And I was like ‘I don’t know, I see a lot of faces’. She says ‘I might have gave you something very valuable’. I said ‘Was it a ring?’ she replied ‘yeah’ and I said ‘Well I have it’.

Ms Darling described the find as a miracle, specially as the ring had sentimental value and the couple plan to pass it on to their daughter one day. Her fiancĂ© Bill Krejci was so moved by Mr Harris’ kindness that he set up a GiveForward.com donation page.

Originally set up to raise $1,000 for Billy Ray, intentioned for the couple's friends and family to donate, it has now reached an amazing amount.

Raised by his grandfather, a God fearing reverend, Billy Ray was educated with principles and character which he keeps to this day. Most people would have pawned the ring straight away.

Bless him, a real honest person.

You can find Billy Ray Harris' Give Forward donation page here http://www.giveforward.com/billyray

Monica xx 

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