Hi Happsters! I wanted to share an amazing story with you today about an extraordinary act of kindness.
Billy Ray Harris used to be a seemingly ordinary homeless man you’d see on the streets of Kansas City, Mo. One day, a woman named Sarah Darling put some coins into his cup and then continued on with her day. Later, Darling realized that she had dropped her diamond engagement ring into the cup by accident.
While Harris had briefly debated selling it, he kept the ring with him in case Darling returned. She finally did come back 3 days later to see if he had her ring. Indeed he did! Talk about a relief for her. He gave it back to her and in return she gave him all the cash she had on her.
Darling and her husband were so grateful for his generosity that they set up an online donation drive. Over 8,300 people donated to it and Harris received over $190,000! He was able to get off the streets, buy a car, and put a down payment on a house. He’s looking to start a house painting company in the future, as well.
Harris said “This is what they call the American Dream. I want to thank all the people that helped me out. I want them to see where all their efforts, blessings and kindness is going.”
Harris gave Darling her ring as an act of kindness and didn’t expect anything in return. It’s truly incredible how people around the country came together to reward him for doing the right thing.
Thought of the day: Kindness is contagious. Pass it on. ♥
Have you stumbled upon a great act of kindness lately? Let me know in the comments!
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17 thoughts on “The Homeless Man Who Gave Back a Diamond Ring”
Beautiful example of how one act of kindness leads onto another 🙂
Very refreshing to read this story. There are good people all around us! Lets do good more often where we can! It changes the world, one heart at a time 🙂
It does change the world one heart at a time. Love that saying!
I like the quote from the Dalai Lama. Thank you for this!
I love that quote too. Thank you for reading 🙂
just when the world seems so bleak… there’s a bright shining light 🙂 best wishes to him, his business and to the couple who returned the generosity.
Doing the right thing has tremendous power! Amazing how the world response to goodness!
So true! Thanks for being a loyal reader, Ponch!
this must be the happiest story of all time – thanks so much for sharing 🙂
This made me smile. An act of kindness, and blessings go a long way!
This is a fabulous story, really fills me with hope, not just what he did, but the generous way his kindness was piad forward. I read this story on Yahoo today – also very cool! http://uk.news.yahoo.com/thief-returns-bike-to-cyclist-with-a-written-apology—after-reading-her-pleading-letter-for-its-safe-return-142016562.html
I LOVE this story! I knew that he had returned the ring, but that couple and all of the other people that donated to him and got him off the streets are so kind! I just love this.
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The Lady’s Ring Probably Had Great Sentimental Value And A Priceless One At That. That Ring Now Has A Great New Story Attached To It Thereby Increasing Its Value Immeasurably.
Very nice story, it goes to show that it takes one person to change someone’s life and to shows acts of kindness can have an impact on one’s life.
What an amazing story. Thank you. I will share in my Color Me Happy newsletter and blog. x