Kyle Upham served many years as a soldier in the army and in 2004 he was deployed to Iraq. Before he left, he and his then fiancée got married. When he returned a few months later, he wanted to belatedly buy an engagement ring for his bride Kristen, so the couple went to a high-end store in Santa Barbara to try and find the right one.
The ring they found was radiantly beautiful and was simply made for Kristen. There was only one problem: it cost around $9,000. That was money the Uphams simply didn’t have at that point in time.
Feeling disappointed, they left their telephone number behind just in case a less expensive ring in the same product range came along. After that, Kyle and Kristen left the shop feeling pretty discouraged.
But they didn’t get very far when all of a sudden their phone rang. It was none other than the jewelry store, asking the two to immediately return to the shop. A saleswoman was already there waiting at the door with a bag in her hand. Smiling, she said: «Here’s your ring,» and then went back inside. When Kyle and Kristen looked in the bag, they were speechless. In it was the exact same ring they had picked out with a note saying that an unknown benefactor had paid for everything.
The two could not believe it. They were overjoyed and grateful, even if they were still not sure who had bought this wonderful present for them. In fact, it wasn’t until nine years later that the truth came out — nine years of happy marriage, throughout which they had always wondered who was actually behind this gift.
In 2013, the famous actor Paul Walker, best known for his role in the film «The Fast and the Furious,» tragically lost his life. Following his death, a series of stories of his generosity started to appear on the actor’s Facebook page. It was then that a salesperson from the jewelry store came forward to tell the story of Walker’s immense generosity when he was in the shop and saw the Uphams there. After they had left the store, he paid for the ring and asked the staff to anonymously give them his gift.
Kyle and Kristen could hardly believe their luck. Kristen commented, «It’s still to this day the most generous thing anyone’s ever done for me.» And so the actor won a very special place in their hearts. His generosity has served as a good omen in their marriage and the ring will be handed down from generation to generation along with the interesting story behind it.
What a generous gesture! And the fact that he never made a fuss about his present makes his good deed all the more impressive. Once again, it shows us that the true benefactors are those who do good in this world without seeking publicity for it. Kyle and Kristen definitely got to know a whole different side to this actor.