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Salvation Army Jewelry Gifts Spread Beyond Boston

The Salvation Army says a holiday phenomenon in Boston - anonymous gifts of expensive jewelry - has spilled over to the suburbs.

The charity says unidentified donors dropped wedding and engagement rings into a red donation kettle in Weymouth, south of Boston. And a bracelet, diamond ring and diamond pendant were given in the central city of Fitchburg.

Both donors asked the items to be sold to help the poor and addicted.

The latest gifts come after a widow gave her wedding rings in memory of her husband, and another widow redeemed them with a gift of $21,000. Then an Australian woman who recently moved to Boston gave a diamond cross pendant.

Salvation Army Major David Davis said Wednesday the organization is "overwhelmed by all that has taken place."

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