One man is giving love a second chance—but not for himself. Steven Crocker had his heart broken last year when his girlfriend broke up with him just one month before he planned to propose to her. Now he's planning on giving the engagement ring to a total stranger.
“She’s a big Harry Potter fan, so I had this big thing all planned at Universal Studios,” he told The Virginian-Pilot of his former girlfriend. “All paid for and everything.” But before he could get down on one knee, the two called it quits, leaving Crocker devastated. His mom even took the ring away from him over the holidays because “she knew it would be too hard on me to look at it.”
Crocker decided that he needed to get rid of the ring, but he wanted to do something bigger than just sell it for some cash. Instead, the Virginia native decided to give his engagement ring away to a couple who couldn’t afford to purchase one themselves. Crocker took to Facebook, writing exactly why he wants to pay it forward with this sparkler.
“I tried selling this ring to a handful of places and was offered a very depreciated value that I didn’t want to take because it’s not about the money. For me, it’s about love, and I’d hate to see a good ring go to waste, so I’m going to give it away,” Crocker wrote. “I am very aware of the possibility of being scammed for a free ring, but since this is about love I’m going to try to look past that.”
Instead of paying him the cost of the ring ($1,700), Crocker asks that couples send him photos together, the story of how they fell in love, their favorite color, or anything that will help convince him that they are who this ring should go to. He and a few friends will then decide who the lucky couple should be.
“It’s not the fanciest ring in the world, but it can potentially make someone very happy for the rest of their life,” he said. “This is more about hope than loss. Seeing the stories will give me hope again.”