Homeless Man Gets Awesome Reward For Honest Deed

Homeless Man Gets Awesome Reward For Honest DeedA homeless man in Kansas City, Mo., made national headlines more than a week ago when he returned a valuable platinum and diamond engagement ring accidentally dropped into his cup of change by a woman offering some extra cash. Now, hundreds of donors have contributed more than $16,000 to a page on GiveForward.com to help Billy Ray Harris get his life back on track.

‘Unintended donation’

KCTV first did a story on the unintended donation Feb. 9. Sarah Darling had put her engagement ring in her change purse because it was bothering her finger. A chance encounter with Harris on the street led Darling to give the man her loose change. It was only a day later that she realized her engagement ring was missing. When she came back to Harris on the same street, he still had the ring and gave it back to her.

The New York Daily News reveals when the woman and her husband returned, they gave the homeless man all the cash she had on her — around $40 to $60. Then Bill Krejci, who is a web designer, was inspired by some media outlets’ websites where people asked how they could help. Enter GiveForward.com.

‘Character trait’

For the next 90 days, anyone can donate money for Harris. The homeless man cited his reverend grandfather, who raised him since he was 6 months old, as the reason for his character trait that returned the ring to the woman. Individual donations from as little as $5 up to $500 have poured into GiveForward.com for Harris. The goal was the raise $1,000 for Harris in three months. Instead, more than $16,000 has been given to the cause in just a few days.

MyFoxLubbock.com reports Edwin Harris, Billy Ray’s older brother, wants his sibling to come home to Lubbock, Texas. The brothers lost touch and have tried to find each other over the past 27 years.

Were you touched with Billy Ray Harris’ story of honesty and hope for a new life? Tell us about the most recent good deed that you’ve done!

Source: William Browning, Yahoo News

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Salvation Army Finds Extraordinary Donation For Boy

Salvation Army Finds Extraordinary Donation For BoyWhen Salvation Army organizers sifted through donations from Midland, Michigan, on Dec. 4, they found something more than the typical handfuls of change and dollar bills: An engagement ring and a handwritten note. The ring was a Marquise-cut diamond in a gold setting, worth about $2,000. The note attached simply read: “Paying it Forward Jayden Style. God Bless.”

‘Small way to say thank you’

It was in honor of Jayden Lamb, who died at MidMichigan Medical Center on November 27 after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was 8 years old, a third grader at Pine River Elementary School. He would have been 9 on Wednesday, Dec. 12. After Jayden’s death, the Lamb family coped with their grief by doing little things to help others.

“The ‘Pay it Forward Jayden Style’ movement actually started the day before the showings of his funeral when we were just getting coffee,” the Lambs told Yahoo! Shine. “Not knowing the person behind us, we still felt compelled to buy their coffee. It was just a small way for us to say thank you.”

‘Random acts of kindness’

After his funeral on December 1, the family went to a local Walmart and asked to pay off someone else’s layaway bill. And so the challenge began. The Lambs asked people to help others and document their good deeds on their Facebook page, “Keep On Truckin’ Team Jayden” which they had launched in August so people could follow Jayden’s progress.

Friends, family, and members of the community responded immediately. “Keep on Truckin’ Team Jayden” now has more than 24,000 fans, and is filled with dozens of stories about random acts of kindness and generosity. The outpouring of good will isn’t just about being caught up in the Christmas spirit. It’s about celebrating the spirit of a brave child and helping others, and the Lambs hope that it will continue long after the holidays are over.

Have you been inspired by the ‘Pay it Forward Jayden Style’ movement? Tell us about your recent random act of kindness!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: MSN