Panhandler Gets $86K for Returning Diamond Ring
Missouri woman raises money to thank homeless man
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2013 3:28 PM CST
Billy Ray Harris, a pandhandler in Kansas City, Missouri, who returned a woman's diamond ring.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Honesty paid off for a panhandler in Missouri who found a diamond ring in his change cup—and gave it back to its owner, the Huffington Post reports. Sarah Darling was so grateful to have the ring again that she raised more than $86,000 to thank Billy Ray Harris for his good turn. "I'm not sure of how you ended up in your situation, but after what I witnessed you do, I am most definitely sure that you are a honest man with a good heart," wrote a donor of $1,000 on Harris' GiveForward page.

Darling has kept in touch with Harris and still tells others how much she's inspired by the homeless man in Kansas City. "Words cannot express how it feels to be a part of something like this,” added her husband on the GiveForward page. But Harris, the grandson of a reverend who raised him, says returning the ring was no big deal: "What I actually feel like is, what has the world come to when a person who returns something that doesn't belong to him and all this happens?"

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William Keightley
Dec 22, 2013 10:58 AM CST
Very seldom do you see an actual panhandler making comment on these stories. I began flying a sign after walking away from the conflict of being in business with a control freak spouse, taking care of an infant grandchild and delivering pizzas. Watching the people flying a sign make more than me and not spending it on fuel encouraged me to give this a try. i personally did this to Help take care of my Grandkids and be able to spend time with them. Now its Christmas time and I am helping my 87 year old father who recently ran over himself (Don't ask me how) and has the VA taking care of the injury.They let a hematoma develop into an eschar which they allowed to rot his leg away for 4 weeks. Thus leaving me to dress and pack the wound 2 times a day for the next 4 -6 weeks, thus keeping me from being able to travel to go fly a sign. So if anyone has the desire to keep me off the street or help my grandkids have a better christmas any extra dollars you have in your paypal account can be donated to via paypal.Thank you for your genorosity!
Mar 22, 2013 9:53 AM CDT
I read this story on It's amazing, I think. I also would like to find a ring)
Feb 25, 2013 3:28 PM CST
nice story nice 15min mr harris god bless!