Homeless Man's Honesty Pays Back In Spades

By Meera Dolasia on February 22, 2013

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On February 9th, 2013, Kansas City resident Sarah Darling was walking along the street when she encountered a homeless man by the name of Billy Ray Harris. Instinctively, she reached into her change purse and emptied out all the coins she had into his collection can. Little did either realize that this small act of generosity, would change their lives forever.

It was not until the following morning that Sarah realized that not only had she given Billy all her change, but also, her platinum and diamond engagement ring that she had placed in her change purse earlier, because it had been bothering her finger. She and her husband Bill Krejci, rushed to the see if they could locate Billy, hoping against hope, that he would confirm her suspicion about where she had misplaced her precious jewelry. Not only was the homeless man in the same spot, he also, immediately returned the ring. The grateful couple paid him back for his honesty by emptying out their pockets of all the cash they had - about $60USD.

However, Bill Krejci, a web designer felt as though he needed to do something more for this amazingly honest man especially, after the story went viral and hundreds of people reached out to see how they could help Billy. So on February 18th, he set up a special page for him on fundraising site Give Forward with a goal of raising $1,000USD in 90 days. In just four days, the donations have ballooned to over $85,000USD and there seems to be no end in sight yet.

If that is not enough, Billy is off the streets and currently living with an unnamed samaritan. And that's not all - Thanks to all the media coverage, he was reunited with his older brother, Edwin Harris who he has been unable to locate for 27 years. Not only did the two talk for 45 minutes on the phone, but Edwin is also planning to come get Billy in mid-March and take him to his home in Lubbock,Texas.

All this good fortune just because Billy did the right thing - Return something that did not rightfully belong to him. Honesty is definitely the best policy! If you want to donate some of your allowance to better the life of Billy Ray Harris or just keep up to date with how this heartwarming story ends, check out giveforward.com/billyray.

Resources: newsyahoo.com, nydaily, huffingtonpost.com

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  • coolTuesday, March 22, 2016 at 1:36 am
    he is kind.
    • awsomnessTuesday, March 22, 2016 at 1:34 am
      he is very honest and i think he has a lot of money from the rings
      • coolTuesday, March 22, 2016 at 1:33 am
        he is honest!
        • DppMonday, February 29, 2016 at 11:17 am
          So cool and nice
          • riptide16
            riptide16Friday, February 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm
            I never knew how honesty could affect someones life like that.....
            • BaileyThursday, January 14, 2016 at 8:09 am
              Homeless people have more heart than normal people who have money. Another guy in kansas city was given a donation that was to much and gave some of it to another random homeless man. We need to try to give back to the homeless more. They are human too.
              • joejerrygSaturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                What a nice homeless person, giving a ring back!
                • hannahMonday, December 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm
                  god bless his soul for being so honest
                  • jinkim0808
                    jinkim0808Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm
                    Billy has such a big heart. Thank God he was honest and got more than he expected.
                    • jmoFriday, October 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm
                      This is truly an amazing story about how honesty reallg is the best policy. With so much dishonesty in the world, I found this article refreshinv and am so glad there are still honest people out there. There are lots of informative articles on honesty at jw.org that I have found helpful in reminding md of ghe full benefits of being honest.

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