The Salvation Army says it found an unusual surprise inside one of its red donation kettles: a diamond engagement ring given by a widow in honor of her late husband.
The charity says the anonymous benefactor placed the diamond ring — valued at $1,850 — and her wedding band in one of the kettles placed outside Boston's North Station last week.
The Salvation Army says the rings were accompanied by a note in which the woman said she hoped they would be sold and the money used to buy toys for needy children. She said her husband always had a giving spirit, especially at Christmastime.
Here's the full text of her note:
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!
Salvation Army Major David Davis said in a statement that "[t]his heartwarming gift boosts all of our staff, bell-ringers, and volunteers."
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom