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February 18th, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Homeless man returns diamond ring given to him by mistake, owner now working to raise money for him

What would you do if you accidentally gave your diamond engagement ring to a homeless person? That's what happened to Sarah Darling from Kansas City, who was heading home from work and stopped to give a homeless man some money. In the process, though, she accidentally dropped her engagement ring in his donation cup.

Darling says she didn't realize her mistake until the next day. Nearly 48 hours later she was able to track down the man, Billy Harris and he still had the ring.

This morning on "Starting Point," Sarah Darling talks with Soledad about the incredible generosity of a stranger.

"Even people who were in a lesser need situation may not have given it back. He may have sold it. He was actually offered like thousands of dollars on the spot for it, and he turned that down. And it's so amazing to me," she says.

"I really just hope that that my - my kind of flightiness in that moment leads to something really good for him," she adds.

Darling and her husband set up a site for him. It's and as of this writing, more than $7,000 has been raised.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Julian

    The donation is up to $136,943. You can't tell me there isn't a GOD!

    February 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Donna Boldin

    The Story about the homeless man returning the diamond ring brought tears to my eyes and emotions that just overwhelmed me . What a great story of a great humanbeing. God bless this wonderful man and Thankyou CNN for carrying this story. Donna Boldin .

    February 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sheila Perry

    What a great human being. Shame on the people who tried to buy it.

    February 22, 2013 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Joe

    So sweet of him

    February 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. psalm 91

    The homeless in our nation are innumerable, since too many do not find a place to rest in their souls. Yet, this man had courage, and integrity that would no doubt have more likely made a diamond ring a pawnshop goodie, by those who had far more than he. Truth is, Giod is getting the Attention of the american people that the situation is too serious, to be given a spotlight to be an article with demonstrativity to say "I Care" only after a precious heirloom is returned, to be concern alone and not a God who has to hit the pocket, to see this kind of an outreach to be found deserved or appropriate.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. TDA

    What a noble sole! The world is not hopless afterall. Last summer, the engagement ring I got to propose to my girlfriend was stolen from where i hid it in the glove compartment of my car while it was being serviced at a koons toyota dealership in Tysons corner VA. It was a sad experience that i did not even tell my girlfriend.
    I hope something would happen to this homeless gentleman out of this that'd change his life for the better.

    February 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. mbonhamwolv

    What a great story. I just hope that the homeless man will be able to get back on his feet, and get help to exorcise any demons as to why he's homeless, so that he becomes a productive member of society again.

    February 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mbonhamwolv

    What a nice story. I just hope that the homeless man, if he has any demons that caused him to be homeless, can get all the help he needs to overcome them, and be a productive member of society.

    February 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jude Chapman-Kodam

    It is God's plan to use Sarah to redeem this stranger out of homelessness.

    February 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Blaise

    Most comments on news stories always some how end up in a fight over politics. Can we just put that aside and celebrate the fact that we still have people like Billy Ray despite how much our society has decayed?

    February 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. stephanie

    wonderful story!!!!!

    February 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Kansas Citian

    I've shopped downtown in the plaza numerous times in Kansas City, and have seen this man just as many times. This "honest" man on one occasion, had a pair of crutches and claimed he was a disabled veteran. On other days he would be able to stand on his two feet perfectly, 2 weeks later he'll be on the same pair of crutches and claim the same thing. But out of gratitude for saving you that ring, how about you raise money for him to get cleaned up, buy a nice set of clothes for an interview, and hook him up with a job; rather than raising money just to give it to him out of giving's sake.

    February 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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