A Philadelphia woman has been reunited with her lost engagement ring through the power of social media and the kindness of strangers.
Judy Kluska, of Port Richmond, told NBC10 she was shopping at the Cherry Hill Mall on New Year’s Day when she lost her 33-year-old engagement ring.
"I was in a couple different stores returning things and when I was leaving, it was probably around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and I realized my ring was missing," Kluska said.
She frantically returned to the mall and showed shop owners a photo of the ring, but was unable to find it. Her son, Jason, then posted the picture of the ring on Facebook.
"It got shared over 11,000 times," Jason Kluska said.
John Kaiser, who lives six blocks from Judy Kluska in Port Richmond, was shopping at the Cherry Hill Mall with his family the next day when his son and fiancée stumbled upon the lost ring.
"My fiancée was chasing my son around and just happened to see it on the floor, picked it up and thought it was costume jewelry or something," Kaiser said.
Kaiser said his mother saw the photo of Judy Kluska's ring on Facebook, and he realized it was the same ring his family had found. He then reached out to Jason Kluska.
"Within 24 hours, John had inboxed me on Facebook and said he found my mother’s ring," Jason Kluska said.
He found a creative way to tell his mother the good news.
"It was actually my sister Michelle’s idea that I get down on my knee and say, 'Would you be my mother?'" Jason Kluska explained.
Judy Kluska said she was shocked when her son told her.
"He said, 'I’ve got your ring,'" she recalled. "I honestly can’t believe it. I’m just so happy to have it back. I really never thought that I would see it again."
Jason Kluska said he was so thankful for Kaiser’s help, he gave Kaiser and his family $1000.
"It feels great," Kaiser said. "It’s kind of unbelievable. Small world."