Widow places diamond ring in Salvation Army kettle to honor late husband

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Widow Donates Wedding, Engagement Rings to Salvation Army


BOSTON - With the holiday season underway, the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is in full swing.

An anonymous benefactor dropped more than the standard monetary donation into a Boston Salvation Army kettle last week.

The woman, who did not identify herself, donated her wedding ring and diamond engagement ring at a kettle outside North Station on Wednesday.

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The donation was accompanied by a note explaining that the rings were left as a tribute to the donor's late husband.

"In all seasons, my husband was a donor," the donor wrote. "I especially remember his joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need. To honor his memory, I donate this ring."

"Sometimes someone will tell a bell ringer about their personal reason for giving," Salvation Army Communications Director Drew Forster said. "In this case the woman wanted to remain anonymous, but gave this incredible, sacrificial gift to help children this Christmas."

Also written on that note: A challenge.

"In the note, she says she hopes someone who made a lot of money will purchase the rings for 10 times over what it's worth to provide more toys," Lt. Michael Harper, of the Salvation Army, said. "So we're putting that out there to anyone who wants this ring."

An appraisal included with the donation values the ring at $1,850, according to the Salvation Army.

Anyone wishing to purchase the rings from the Salvation Army, or to make any other donations can call Forster, at 617-308-3547.

Funds from the ring will help provide services for thousands of families in need across Massachusetts, according to the Salvation Army.

Maj. David B. Davis, divisional commander of the Massachusetts Salvation Army, said the donation will help serve families in need, but also Salvation Army employees and volunteers.

"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," Davis said.

The Salvation Army has set a statewide Red Kettle campaign goal of $3.36 million this year to support individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth.

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