Billy Ray Harris’ story has inspired a windfall of donations.
Something even more valuable happened: Harris is back in touch with his family, from whom he was estranged for the last 16 years. Amid the media storm around the engagement ring episode, Robin Harris, Billy Ray’s younger sister, happened to come across an article about her brother, and reached out to the local news station that first reported the story for help tracking him down.
“When I turned my head, I recognized the name, and I turned back around and I looked at the picture again, and it was my brother,” Robin told TODAY.com. “I called and I said, ‘that’s my brother. I’ve been looking for him for 16 years.'” Robin, who still lives in Texas where the family grew up, said she made repeated efforts to find her brother over the years, but had heard varying reports about his whereabouts, and was even once told that he had died. Continue reading “Homeless Man Who Returned Ring Gets Over $175K in Donations, Reconnects with Family”