Deciding to sell a cherished family heirloom is a very difficult moment. If that time ever comes, it’s usually because times are tough, and the money from the sale is desperately needed.

When this struggling mother finally worked up the nerve to pawn her mother’s ring, however, she was confronted with a shop owner who had completely different plans for the transaction…

This man stood to gain nothing from his gesture except the knowledge that he had helped this woman and her family. This kind of selflessness is rare, but it’s exactly what humanity needs more of.

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