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Homeless man does good deed, is reunited with family and given $188k
Billy Ray Harris handed back a valuable diamond and platinum engagement ring to its owner and has received some good karma in return – including $188k in donations.

A HOMELESS MAN who handed back an expensive engagement ring to its owner has seen his life totally change since his good deed.

Back in February, we reported how Billy Ray Harris handed back a valuable diamond and platinum engagement ring to its owner, Sarah Darling, after she accidentally dropped it into his begging cup at Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza.

Harris told KCTV at the time that though he had brought it to a jewellers, where it was valued at $4,000, he decided not to sell the ring. Instead, he waited for Darling to return, and when she did he was able to give her back her precious ring.

As a thank you, Darling’s fiancé Bill Krejci set up a donation website for Harris, who has been homeless for a number of years. After 8242 people generously donated, the fund has raised a massive $188,000 (and growing) for Harris. But that’s not all.

His younger sister Robin, who lives in Texas, read about the story online and tracked her brother down after not seeing him for more than 10 years. He hadn’t seen other members of his family for 16 years.

Harris and his sister explained more here:

(John Herhavits/YouTube)

Here is Harris speaking about the lessons he has learned since finding the ring.


Harris was reunited with his siblings in person on the Today show, where he spoke about the shock of what had happened, and how there are  plans for a summertime family reunion already underway.

Read: $150k raised for homeless man who returned valuable engagement ring>

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