One man is truly discovering that honesty pays. It all started when a woman accidentally dropped her diamond and platinum engagement ring into the change cup of a homeless man. After realizing it was gone, and figuring out where it most likely was, the woman, Sarah Darling, went back to the homeless man and asked if he'd seen her ring -- fully expecting he would no longer have it. But the man smiled and immediately returned it, saying he was waiting for her to come back. Said the man, Billy Ray Harris:
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.
And now it looks like Billy Ray will have some serious cash.
After Sarah posted her story online and it went viral, she noticed that many people began asking how they could help the homeless man with the heart of gold. So Sarah and her husband, Bill Krejci, decided to set up a fund for him on the online fundraising site, Give Forward.
The original goal was to raise a couple hundred dollars to help Billy Ray, but the couple quickly raised that to $1,000 when they saw donations pouring in. But readers decided even a grand wasn't enough to repay back the man who had such a good soul -- and now his fund is over $14,000.
That could be enough to get Billy Ray off the streets for awhile -- provided he spends wisely. There's just one problem. No one knows where he is. Sarah went back to where he normally sits to tell him about the money, but he wasn't there. And no one has seen him since. Sarah is hopeful he will return and she'll have a nice gift for him.
My feeling is that he’s not going to go out and do something stupid with the money. He’s just a really cool guy, and I’m hoping this will give him a better foundation.
The fund doesn't end until May 15, so who knows how much money he'll have by then. Maybe he'll become as rich as the bullied school bus monitor Karen Klein. Let's hope he shows up to enjoy his newfound wealth.
Are you happy to see this man get a large reward?
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