After Returning Wedding Ring a Homeless Man Receives $145K Award

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After Returning Wedding Ring a Homeless Man Receives $145K Award
Tue 26-02-2013

You don't see that everyday! A homeless man from Kansas City will soon have well over $100,000 after returning an engagement ring to a woman who accidentally dropped it in his cup earlier this month.

The bride-to-be Sarah Darling said: "I think in our world we often jump to like the worst conclusion, and it just makes you realize that there are good people out there."

Her fiancé set up a website seeking donations for Billy Ray Harris, the man who found the ring. By Monday, more than 6,000 people had donated more than $145,000 to the fund.

Billy Ray Harris discovered the ring about an hour after Sarah Darling put spare change from her coin purse into his cup. She had taken off her ring earlier that day and put it with the coins.

"The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was expensive," Billy Ray Harris told KCTV.

Sarah realized the next day what she had done. She went back to Billy, squatted beside him and told him that she might have given him something valuable.

"'Was it a ring?'" he recalled asking her. "And she says, 'Yeah.' And I said 'Well, I have it.' "

Billy Ray Harris said he had a religious upbringing and that is why he couldn't keep the ring.

"My grandfather was a reverend," he said. "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."