Woman Puts Wedding, Engagement Ring in Salvation Army Donation Kettle

No, it wasn't a mistake. She was honoring her late husband.

Image via Salvation Army

Image via Salvation Army

During the holiday season, some people try to avoid the volunteers who stand outside of stores ringing bells and asking for donations to be dropped into the red kettles that support the Salvation Army.

But one anonymous donor didn’t shy away from the opportunity to give back, and placed two valuable pieces of jewelry into one of the buckets to honor the life of her late husband.

According to a spokesperson from the Salvation Army, last week, an anonymous donor placed both her wedding ring and a diamond engagement ring inside of a red tin container positioned outside of North Station, where a volunteer was collecting donations. The diamond ring is valued at $1,850.

Along with the jewelry, the woman left a note that explained why she decided to part ways with the two rings.

The note read:

I’ve dropped my wedding ring in your Red Kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children. In all seasons, my husband was a giver. I especially remember his joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need. To honor his memory, I donate this ring. I’m hoping there’s someone out there who made lots of money this year and will buy the ring for ten times its worth. After all, there’s no price on love or the sentimental value of this ring. But money will help the kids. May everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

The Salvation Army said an appraisal was included with the donation, which detailed the rings’ worth.

“We’re so moved and incredibly grateful to the generous individual who made such a loving and kind donation,” said Major David B. Davis, divisional commander of the Massachusetts Salvation Army. “This heartwarming gift boosts all of our staff, bell-ringers, and volunteers who are working tirelessly during the Red Kettle Campaign to encourage donations that help those in need.”

The rings will help the Salvation Army pay for programming for children, families, and seniors, according to a statement from the organization.

This year, the Salvation Army has set its sights on raising roughly $3.36 million through the Red Kettle campaign, a fundraising effort that first started in 1891 as a way to help feed those in need during the holiday season. The tradition relies on the kindness of strangers dropping spare change in the kettles.

Each year, volunteers bear the frigid New England weather and stand outside ringing bells to get the attention of people passing by. This year, the tactic seems to have paid off.