As the world mourns the loss of Paul Walker
, stories of the Fast & Furious
star's generosity, thoughtfulness and caring nature are being revealed from the unlikeliest of places. For Santa Barbara
couple, Kyle Upham
and Kristen Upham
, Paul Walker
's generosity would change their lives forever.
It was revealed this week that back in 2004
, while Kyle was home from serving in Iraq, the couple-- who were planning on getting married--had been ring shopping in their home town. While in Bailey Banks & Biddle
jewelry store in Santa Barbara
, they were looking at engagement rings but, like so many couples out there, after finding the perfect ring, they found that the $9,000 price tag was way out of their price range, but that wasn't the end of their story.
This week, Kyle and Kirsten went public to tell what happened next and how Paul Walker
would show an act of generosity that would last with them forever. Kirsten explains, "I noticed there was someone else in there (the store), but didn't give it much thought. We started looking at rings and whatnot, and Kyle kept telling me to go bigger and I kept saying, No, look at the prices. Kyle then started talking to the guy who was in the store and told him he had just come back from Iraq."
Kirsten goes on, "I remember seeing the look in his (the guy's) face. He kind of transformed." Eventually, the couple left the store empty handed to look elsewhere for something more in their price range.
At the time they didn't know they had been speaking to Paul Walker
and it wasn't until a few days later that they received a phone call from the store, asking them to come and pick up the ring they had been looking at. Obviously shocked, Kyle and Kristen asked how it was purchased and were told by the store manager that Paul had asked for his store account to be charged for the ring. "It's still to this day the most generous thing anyone has ever done for me," Kristen says. "His real life speaks volumes of his character. He really did good for this world." Kyle added, "When we hand down the ring through the generations, there will always be a story to tell."
And this is just one of many stories to come out since the death of the actor who, largely, lived his life away from the spotlight. His charity work has gone unnoticed from the public eye and it's only now, in his death, that we're learning about the positive impact he had on people. In fact, on the day he died, Walker was attending an event to benefit Reach Out WorldWide
one of the charities he founded. It's now been revealed the organization will benefit from home entertainment sales of "Fast & Furious 6
." A percentage of the proceeds from the movie, the latest in the "Fast & Furious
" series, will be donated to the nonprofit organization.
Walker started Reach Out WorldWide
--which is a network of skilled volunteers helping with response efforts in the wake of world disasters--after earthquakes devastated Haiti
in January 2010
. His family have also asked that people donate to the organization instead of sending flowers or gifts.
Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures released a statement this week stating, "With the passing of Paul, the world has lost a man who spent a great deal of his life in service to others. We keep Paul's memory alive and honor his legacy through continued support of Reach Out WorldWide."
made this video in memory of the actor, who died Saturday in a car crash. Rest In Peace.
Fast & Furious
star, actor Paul Walker
, died Saturday in a car accident in Santa Clarita
Walker, 40, was attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide and, while he was a passenger in a friend's car, (unconfirmed) reports state that the car spun out of control and crashed into a pole, then burst into flames. Both occupants in the car lost their lives. His publicist announced, "Sadly, I must confirm that Paul did pass away this afternoon in a car accident."
Both Mr Walker, along with fellow actor, Vin Diesel, stared in the hugely successful "Fast & Furious" movie series and was in the middle of filming the seventh movie from the franchise.
Twitter and other social media exploded with reactions to Walker's death with everyone shocked and saddened at his sudden death.
All here at Clubplanet send our condolences to his family and friends.
Image - Universal Pictures