The jeweler, who is a Syrian refugee, wouldn’t take her necklace once he heard her tragic story.

A mother of two in North Texas was down on her luck. She was broke and needed money to pay the bills. So, she went to a jeweler to sell a cherished gold necklace given to her by her mother.

What happened next stunned her.

Why One Jeweler Rejected a Necklace

Noah, the jeweler who refused to give his name, wouldn’t buy the necklace.

“It seemed like she was sad and there was tears in her eyes,” Noah said to CBS DFW in the 2016 story.

Instead of taking the necklace, Noah, who is a Syrian refugee that escaped civil war in 2014, gave the woman something else.

“I let her tell me how much she wanted to sell it and I gave her exactly what money she wanted,” he said.

Noah reached into his pockets and gave the woman the money she would have gotten if she’d sold the necklace.

“I didn’t think about it, I just grabbed the money… and gave it to her.”


The Human Thing to Do

At that moment, the woman hugged Noah, crying. The jeweler hugged back and wiped tears from her eyes.

“If I had her number I would call her back and see if she needed more money or more help, I’ll do it for her,” Noah told CBS DFW.

The heartwarming moment was captured on security camera footage and Noah shared the video with someone back home. Unbeknownst to him, the man in Syria shared the video and it went viral.

“I feel better and that’s enough. Better than a lot of money,” said Noah.

Noah doesn’t see himself as a hero. Rather, he was just trying to help out someone who needed a helping hand — which is the kind of generosity he’s felt from others since moving to America.

“Doesn’t matter what religion you are. It doesn’t matter where you’re from. This is our humanity. Everybody should do that.”


The Power of Generosity

In this capitalist world, it can be tempting to take whatever buck we can. After all, we’re all trying to make ends meet.

But being unscrupulous with who we do business with can be harmful, too, as Noah realized. Despite being a refugee with mouths to feed, he gave money away.

Not for the credit or the fame — he didn’t know he was being filmed — but simply because it was the right thing to do. And that’s a great reminder for all of us about the importance of generosity.

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