Today, the Salvation Army got a valuable, abet unusual gift in one of their holiday kettles : an engagement ring thought to be worth several thousand dollars once it is auctioned off to provide money for food and other things for the needy.
A couple walked up to one of the bell ringers and handed them a package holding the ring and a note. The note said that the two were still deeply in love, but that they believed the Salvation Army could make better use of the ring than they could and that they were giving the ring in the name of Jesus to help others.
The Salvation Army representative said they were touched by her generosity and said that a lot of people will be helped through her generosity.
The ring was put on display and sealed bids are being accepted. The ring has a .72-carat stone cut in a marquise brilliant shape, and will go to the highest bidder. The couple who donated it want to remain anonymous.
This is not the first time someone has donated a wedding ring to the Salvation Army’s annual drive. In December 2007 someone put a gold wedding band into a kettle in South Dakota. And last year in Colorado, someone gave an antique platinum wedding ring.
The Salvation Army has its bell ringers and kettles out each holiday season and usually they get change or maybe some dollar bills, but sometimes they get surprised with generous and unusual gifts of love like this one.
Merry Christmas indeed!