Man who panhandled for ring gets donation

11:38 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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Sonny's Diamonds and Jewelry donated a ring to Corey Fontenot, 26, who recently moved to Colorado from Louisiana.

"They completely blew me away," Corey Fontenot, 26, said. "They gave me an amazing ring. I plan on using it to propose to my girlfriend in October."

His girlfriend Lori lives in Louisiana. He says he wanted her to live with him.

"She said 'before I live with somebody, I really want to be married to them.' She has tradition. She has value. And I respect that completely. I was like 'if that's what it's going to take to finally, you know, make this happen, then I will get you that ring.'"

Fontenot collected more than $80 standing outside with a sign that read: In love. Need money for ring. Anything helps.

Fontenot, who said he has a job, said he plans of giving the money to Sonny's. He said he was just trying to raise money and didn't expect anyone to give him a ring.

"I wasn't like, in any financial crisis, or like really bleeding money," Fontenot said. "But, I thought, if people heard the story and people realized that you know a guy's willing to do just about anything to get his girl, that they would feel compassion and feel free to help me out in this situation."

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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