SOUTH BEND A young couple’s engagement video has gone viral online, gaining viewers in places from New York to London to Pakistan. And they are turning the attention from that video into a goodwill gesture to the homeless of Michiana.
22-year-old Mike King dressed as a homeless man when he proposed to his girlfriend, 23-year-old Katie Barabas. He held a ring pop into her smiling face, but when the disguise came off, Katie’s face dropped into disbelief. Mike knelt down on one knee, pulled out the real ring. Katie said yes.
Both Katie and Mike are Bethel college students who volunteer their time at Feed the Hungry every Friday night. On November 1st, the night of the proposal, Katie went alone. Mike had asked a college professor to send a fake email about a school event he had to attend, so Katie was not expecting him, until he popped the question.
Katie knows her knew fiancé so well, she recognized him before he removed the disguise.
“I noticed his fingernails, which sounds really weird,” she says, “but I hold his hands so often. I know his hands!”
But because of the disguise and the ring pop, she thought he was joking. The reality didn’t sink in until she saw the ring.
Now they relive the proposal every time they see the video – which is a lot thanks to its viral trip. While watching it live on 16 Morning News, Mike reached out and tapped Katie’s arm as he watched her say yes on the video.
Katie and Mike hope to get married May 10th in South Bend, and they will have a special guest list. Katie and Mike plan to invite the homeless.
“It’s not an option,” Katie says. “They are our family.”