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Puyallup mom accidentally throws out her wedding ring

Puyallup mom accidentally throws out her wedding ring
PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A Puyallup mother already coping with a sick child and overwhelming hardship just learned that she accidentally threw away her cherished wedding ring.

After realizing that the garbage truck was long gone and the ring was hopelessly lost at the dump, Brandie Barkley called the Problem Solvers for help.

Barkley said she forgot that she had cleaned her wedding right and left it wrapped up on the kitchen counter.

"I just grabbed the paper towel and scooped it into the garbage, grabbed it all. I ran it out to the end of the road and took off for my son's doctor's appointment," she said.

While every wedding ring is special, Barkely said hers was especially important to her.

"It was my wedding band from my original day of making all my promises to my husband. It meant everything to me," she said.

It was another blow to a family already struggling to overcome a string of misfortune. They've already dealt with layoffs, losing a home, a recent break-in and trying to pay for nursing school. Barkley also has a a 5-year-old who has had a host of medical problems.

Adding insult to injury, the day the ring was lost was also an important anniversary.

"Celebrating the day I gave him my kidney and his new chance at life. So it was supposed to be a happy day, not a day where I also lost something that meant a lot to me," she said.

Menashe and Sons Jewelers in West Seattle heard about Barkely's problems and stepped up to help, offering a new ring at no cost.

"It's so beautiful and I'm just so thankful that there's people like you out in the world right now doing these acts of kindness. I feel so blessed," Barkley said.

Barkley said even though her lost ring had irreplaceable heirloom diamonds from her mother and mother in law, she's grateful that Menashe and Sons stepped up to help her family.
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