Can you believe this homeless man in Missouri has made a complete 180-degree turn in his life—all because of an honest deed?
One Friday in 2013, a homeless man, Billy Ray Harris, was sitting in his usual spot on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, holding out a cup, asking for spare change.
A kindhearted woman, Sarah Darling, happened to pass by.
She saw Harris and dropped her change into his cup. Little did she realize she had accidentally dumped her platinum-diamond ring into it.
Harris noticed the large shimmering ring inside his cup an hour later.
“When I finally decided to leave I got on my bike and dumped the change into my hand and there was the ring,” Harris told NBC News.
Harris got the ring appraised, and found out that it was worth $4,000! Although he could pawn it to get that money, he held back his urge to do so.
And luckily he did. The owner, Darling, who was extremely saddened over the loss of this sentimental ring, returned to the same spot to look for it—two days later.
Darling squatted down next to Harris and asked him if she had given him anything valuable. He replied, “Was it a ring?”
When she said yes, he instantly handed her the precious ring.
Harris was raised by his grandfather to be honest, and not returning the ring wasn’t an option.
“My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was 6 months old and thank the good Lord, it’s a blessing, but I do still have some character,” Harris told KCTV5.
In fact, it was not the first time Harris returned something valuable.
Once, he returned a Super Bowl ring, which he found alongside a creek, to its rightful owner—a retired Oakland Raiders player.
Darling was so happy to get her ring back that she offered Harris all the cash she had in her wallet as a reward for his honesty.
And that’s not all.
Darling and her husband, Bill Krejci, went to great lengths to help Harris back on his feet.
They initiated an online fundraiser for him and raised more than $190,000 within 3 months.
Since then, Harris’s life has completely turned around.
He used the donations to buy a car and a house. Not only did he get to reunite with his estranged family, he also found a job working as a roadie for a band.
“When I think of the past, I think, thank God that it’s over. I mean, I feel human now,” Harris told TODAY. “I want to thank all the people that helped me out.”
Harris’s honesty was richly rewarded, showing that good begets good … what goes around comes around!
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