A diamond ring dropped in a South Florida Salvation Army red kettle is worth $3,500, according to a Dec. 19 NBC News report. The ring, wrapped in a note was dropped off on Wednesday at a Pinecrest Publix Super Market, with the message, “Continue your good caring for the needy in God’s name.”
According to local Fox News station 29 WFLX, the Salvation Army hopes to auction off the ring to the highest bidder to help serve as many people as possible.
Salvation Army Major Linda Payton spoke with local CBS4 news station’s Laura Pastrana. “For the 4th year in a row, we had an anonymous call from a lady saying there was something special in one of our kettles. She told us approximately where it was,” Payton said. “I took an empty kettle, went out and swapped them out, brought that one in. Sure enough, we had a surprise in there. A lovely ring.”
Salvation Army director of development’s Judith Mori says the Miami-Dade County location is no stranger to this generous donor. Prior year donations included golden nuggets worth approximately $3,000, a gold ring, and last year, 10 $100 bills were dropped off at various locations.
This year, the Salvation Army celebrates its 100th year in Miami-Dade County, and the red kettle campaign continues through Christmas Eve.