SPOTSYLVANIA (WRIC) - Chris Collis never dreamed he'd wear his missing class ring again. The Spotsylvania County man lost it 15 years ago.
Collis had given up on the ring, but lucky for him, the people who found it did not.
"I was kinda shocked because I haven't seen my class ring in 15 years," he says. "You don't really realize what something like that means til you get it back."
So when he got the call from his old high school, Collis was stunned.
"She tells me this guy has been calling me looking for you for the last 10 years. I say ‘why is he looking for me?' She says ‘well he has your class ring.'"
Joyce Young's kids found the ring on this playground 15 years ago. She and her husband had been looking for its owner ever since.
"I would have done anything to make sure he got his ring back," she says. "It was a quest for me."
"We took a magnifying glass and found this name," her husband Troy says.
"I went to the phone book and called every name inside," Joyce says. And no one knew who he was."
They called Courtland High School and someone there tracked Collis down.
"It's a lot more than a ring for me," Collis says. "It symbolizes a period of my life that was just great. And to get that back… I have a small piece of that back."
"It just warms your heart because I know he's going to pass it on to someone else," Troy says. "And if we can continue the cycle, my God, we can make the world a better place."
"To search for someone for 10 years just to return something and ask for nothing, I thought that was pretty amazing," Collis says.
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