When Billy Ray Harris was spare-changing under a bridge in Kansas City earlier this year, Sarah Darling dropped some money into his cup, out of charity.
However, she also gave Mr. Harris an accidental bonus – her engagement ring. Ms. Darling was wearing her ring earlier in the day, but began to develop a rash on her finger and removed the ring, storing it in her purse. As a result, among the handful of coins Ms. Darling gave to Mr. Harris on that cold day was the ring her fiance Bill Krejci had given her to celebrate their engagement.
“It was horrible,” Ms. Darling said in interviews. “It meant so much to me beyond just the financial value.”