Five months ago we reported about a homeless man, Billy Ray Harris who used to be found begging on a Kansas City street corner, he is now living in a house of his own after $190,000 was raised by people who wanted to help get his life back on track.
Back in February, while panhandling, Billy Ray Harris noticed that a woman had accidentally dropped a diamond engagement ring in his cup, as she gave him some change. He thought about selling it, but decided to hold onto it instead in case the woman returned, a decision that would prove to change the course of his life forever.
Three days later, an exasperated Sarah Darling came back and asked if Harris had the ring. He retrieved it from the cup and put it back on her finger.
“It just makes you realize there are good people out there,” Darling told KCTV back in February.
She was so grateful for his honesty and kindness, Sarah and her husband, Bill Krejci, decided to launch a fundraiser for their hero. They hoped to raise about $1,000, but as the word spread of Billy’s kindness, donations starting pouring in. They’ve collected more than $190,000. The fundraiser read:
Billy Ray Harris is a great man who could use some help. Billy Ray Harris returned my wife’s engagement ring after she accidentally put it into his cup. You may have heard the stories. A friend of my wife’s told a local Kansas City news station, KCTV5. They ran a story, and it went viral, eventually being picked up by many national and international news outlets. After I read interest from others in helping out Billy Ray I put this page together to take donations for him. All donations will be given directly to Billy Ray at the end of the 90 day GiveForward Campaign. Due to the generous donations over just a few days, Billy Ray has secured financial and legal counsel for the funds. International mobile users, you may need to visit the desktop version to donate. Thank you all for your generosity, hugs, and kind words.
“When I think of the past, I think thank God it’s over,” Harris told TODAY. “I feel human now.”
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