It was just another ordinary day for 55-year-old Billy Ray Harris. He was homeless, sitting on his regular street corner in Kansas City, holding a cup while asking passers-by for spare change. However, he didn’t know that something life-changing would happen to him later that same day. He would come into a serious amount of money – $190,000 to be exact. But how would this happen?
Sarah Darling passed Harris at his usual spot one day in February and dropped some change into his cup. Little did she know that she accidentally dropped something else in the cup in addition to the money.
What was it?
Sarah went about her day, not noticing her missing item. However, Harris did notice something different in his cup. When he looked inside, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Among the coins, something else was glittering strangely.
It was an engagement ring! Harris couldn’t believe his luck. How could this have happened? What would he do? He could sell it, he thought. He went and got the ring appraised. The jeweler had told him that it was worth around $4,000.
Wow, Harris was overwhelmed. But something was bothering him. What could it have been?
After thinking about it, Harris decided that he simply couldn’t go through with selling the ring. He knew Darling must have dropped it by accident. It had to be meaningful to her since it was her engagement ring.
What did he do about it then?
Harris decided he would return the ring to Darling. It took a few days, but he managed to get the engagement ring back to its rightful owner. “I am not trying to say that I am no saint, but I am no devil either,” he said.
Darling was overwhelmed with gratitude and happiness. She wanted to repay Harris for his kindness, but she didn’t know how…
As a thank you, Sarah and her husband, Bill Krejci started a fund in order to raise money for Billy and to help him get his life back on track. “We set a goal for a thousand dollars,” Darling said. “We set it up because a lot of people who had been touched by the story expressed interest in helping Billy Ray.”
Well, it turns out that good karma exists. The fun raised a whole lot more than anyone had expected. They managed to raise over $190,000! How incredible is that? Speaking to a lawyer, Harris got help to put all the money in a trust.
Since then, he was able to buy a car and put down money for a house! However, this wasn’t even the best part!
Billy appeared on TV. His family members, who haven’t been able to find him for 16 years, were finally able to track him down after thinking he was dead! The entire family was happily reunited. “When I think of the past, I think, thank God that it’s over,” he said. “I mean, I feel human now.”