Mar 29, 2013

Two Great Stories

I connected two great stories which may brought me releasing two tears. These stories are the proof that the Lord is supporting each of us. Just be brave and honest, and you will get your reward, here and now.

The first story is about the homeless which we hope he will never return to the streets.

Billy Ray Harris, homeless man who returned diamond ring that fell in his beggar’s cup, finally reunited with his family Donations hit $183K for homeless Good Samaritan who turned down $4K to sell ring to jeweler.

Billy Ray Harris, a homeless man who garnered national attention for returning a woman’s diamond and platinum ring, reunited with his sister, left, on Sunday after 16 years apart. Source

A homeless man who made headlines for returning a diamond and platinum engagement ring to a woman who accidentally dropped it in his beggar's cup has finally reunited with his long-lost family face-to-face.
"I never would've thought this," Billy Ray Harris of Kansas City, Mo., said during a joyous reunion with his siblings on the "Today" show on Sunday. "This was a total shock."
Harris, 55, hadn't seen his relatives in nearly 16 years when he committed his life-changing good deed.
"I'd been worried sick about my family since the last time I saw them," Harris told "I totally lost contact with them back in the 90's…I was kind of down in the dumps, and on the verge of giving up." Harris was planning to finally see his family in person this summer, but the “Today” show decided to speed up the reunion.
That all changed, however, when Sarah Darling's ring fell in his cup on Feb. 8.
A jeweler offered him $4,000 for the rock. But instead of selling the treasured token, he held onto it and returned it to Darling and her husband the next day, sparking a hailstorm of media coverage.
Harris' sister, Robin Harris Williams, saw reports on Harris's selfless gesture and immediately recognized him as her brother.

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The other story is about Tim Harris. 
p.s. Hey did you pay attention both names is Harris?

Tim born in 1986 with Down Syndrome. But he had a dream to run a restaurant. It looks he will be the pioneer of the groups of children blessed by God which might find themselves creating a new life. no more closed in their rooms but working and contributing to the communities and their families.

Tim's Place, Restaurant Run By 26-Year-Old With Down Syndrome, Serves Hugs With Lunch. Source

Tim Harris was born with Down syndrome and his father, Keith, admits that acceptance didn't come easily at first."Our pediatrician asked me if I knew what Down syndrome was, and the world turned black at that moment," he told CBS News.
But over the years, Keith's attitude shifted.
"Tim is the second of four boys, and when he was growing up, we saw the challenges that his disability presented socially,” Keith told Albuquerque The Magazine in February. “We started to ponder when he was young about his future and made the choice that we wanted to create a life for him that was as close to typical as possible.”
Thanks to his parents' faith and support, Harris has not only accomplished the typical, but he's also made the world a little bit more extraordinary.
Today, Harris is the proud owner of Tim's Place, a successful -- and unique -- restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M.
Other than selling regular New Mexican fare, Tim's Place has a trademark special. It's called the Tim Hug -— a "calorie-free" and "guilt-free" treat that, according to the menu description, guarantees to "improve your lease on life."
"I love giving all the customers a hug because I want them to feel comfortable and connected and being around friends,” Harris told Albuquerque The Magazine.
Tim's Place, which calls itself the "world's friendliest restaurant" opened its doors in 2010 and since then, Tim has given out more than 19,000 hugs. He keeps track using a Hug Counter.
“Tim has this unique quality where he is happy literally every day,” Jeanne, Harris' mother, told KRQE News 13 earlier this year.
“Ever since I stopped in after reading the ‘Now Open’ sign, I’ve been coming here once a week,” said Michelle Garth-Jones, a Tim's Place regular. “I love local restaurants, and this particular one has a story that stays with you."
According to CBS News, Harris is probably the only restaurant owner with Down syndrome in the United States.
Only 26, Harris -- a college graduate -- is also an accomplished Special Olympian, an excellent sailor and an experienced offshore fisherman. In high school, Harris was also elected homecoming king and Student Of The Year.
Harris and his family said they hope his example will serve to inspire others.

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