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Published: Monday 01 July, 2013

experience days experience days ?Panhandler Receives Donated Engagement Ring

Corey Fontenot wanted to propose to his girlfriend, but couldnt afford an engagement ring. So the Colorado man took to the roadside, panhandling in hopes of scrounging together enough cash for a diamond.

But on Monday, a local jeweler donated an engagement ring to Fontenot after he panhandled for just one day, 9 News reports.

Fontenot told the station that he has a job, but doesnt make enough money to purchase a ring right now. The $80 he raised during his day of panhandling will go to Sonnys, the generous jewelry store.

This marks the second ring donated to a panhandler this week. A homeless man in Michigan is looking for the owner of a diamond ring after she accidentally handed it to him along with some change.

Click through the slideshow below to read about engagement rings that have been lost and found.

Flushed Down The ToiletAn Idaho woman was reunited with her ring in April 2012, 18 months after she accidentally flushed it down the toilet. Sewage workers found the diamond ring and returned it to its owner, Mechelle Rieger.

Lost In A PondTim Bucher lost his wedding ring in a pond in Decatur, Ill. while fishing with his son in April 2012. A volunteer came to their town and scoured the pond, eventually finding the ring for Bucher.

Inside Of A CowA wedding ring was discovered inside of a cows stomach in February 2012 when it landed on a butchers chopping block. The cow had sucked the ring of a mans hand three-and-a-half years earlier.

Discovered In A DrainMaura Burke lost her wedding ring down the drain of her Braintree, Mass. home in 2010. She had prayed for the rings return but it never materialized. Then, two years later, city workers found the ring in Braintrees drainage system and returned it to its rightful owner.

Around A CarrotLena Paahlsson lost her wedding ring in her kitchen in Sweden in 1995. Sixteen years later, she and her husband discovered the ring in their garden -- with a carrot growing inside of it. Paahlsson said she believes her ring fell into the sink and got mixed up with vegetable peelings, which were then turned into compost and ended up in her garden.

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HuffPost High School welcomes a lively, thoughtful debate in the comment section. But its interesting how an engagement ring, something that was once a tangible representation of a mans ability to marshal the resources necessary to care for a wife and family, has become a hunk of metal and rock that our society demands be given to a women to satisfy her need for something that sparkles. It used to mean something. now its just a hoop to jump through if you want to get hitched.

Lucky for me, my wife thought it was absolutely idiotic to spend that much money on a little rock. So we went on a 2 week vacation to Thailand instead. I think it was a very good choice.

. something that was once a tangible representation of a mans ability to marshal the resources necessary to care for a wife and family ..

So it had a wrong meaning from the beginning. This rock should be a representation of the indivisible and impervious love between two individuals. It shouldnt be about financial resources. Id rather save for a down payment on a house or something better.

Its a nice thought to give a woman a nice ring, but if a happy engagement/marriage is contingent on a lavish ring, then thats not true love, and the marriage will most likely fail in the long run.

For everyone being so cynical about this story, rings, and love, I think it was a really beautiful gesture from the jeweler. He made Fontenots day. He created a story for the bride and groom to tell their family, and hopefully their children some day. experience days


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