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Man Donates Ring To Goodwill Store In Jacket By Accident

04/19/2012 11:02 AM ET

A Georgia man, who was planning a special proposal to his girlfriend, accidentally donated her $3,500 diamond engagement ring to Goodwill after forgetting he hid the ring in the pocket of a jacket he no longer used. The couple to-be had been searching for quite a while for the perfect ring, Josh Miller said.

After Miller’s girlfriend, Cara Epstein finally found the ring she wanted, he secretly bought it and hid the ring in an old ski jacket he never wore anymore waiting for the right moment to ask Cara to marry him.

Fast-forward to two months later with the ring still hidden in the jacket, but with Josh seemingly forgetting about it, he went through his closet to get rid of things he did not wear anymore so they can be donated, one of which was the ski jacket.

“The coat just happened to be one of the things that I picked out of the closet and set in the pile to go to Goodwill,” Miller, 31, told WSB-TV.

“Honestly, I just think I forgot,” Miller went on to say “I knew it was in my closet somewhere, but we were just grabbing stuff, and I threw it in a pile and thought, ‘I don’t wear that anymore.’”

On Monday Miller brought his unused clothing down to Goodwill. On Wednesday, it finally dawned on him that he had left the ring in the jacket. He rushed down to the donation center but someone already purchased the jacket.

“I was just shaking,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do, or what to say, or how to feel. I called Cara immediately, but she thought I was joking.”

Miller went on to explain that he was waiting to give Cara the ring, after he had spoken to her father about marrying her. Now the couple is hoping that the person who bought the jacket is a good Samaritan and will return the white gold ring with a square princess-cut solitaire diamond, surrounded by smaller diamonds.

“That ring means more to me than anything I can explain,” Miller told the local news station. “She’s a school teacher and I’m a landscaper, we obviously don’t make enough money to afford something like that on a regular basis. It was a very large purchase for us, and I just made a very bad mistake.”

Meanwhile, Cara has kept a positive attitude saying that “it is a setback” but “they’ll over come it.”

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