Dec. 18 (UPI) The Salvation Army's annual holiday fundraising campaign has reported lower than expected numbers this year, but one South Florida woman is doing her part to help fill the charity organization's famous red kettles.
A diamond ring worth $3,500 was dropped into a kettle outside the Publix supermarket in Pinecrest, Fla., on Wednesday. Wrapped around the ring was a piece of paper that read, "Continue your good caring for the needy in God's name."
"It's a beautiful gold and diamond ring," Salvation Army Maj. Linda Payton told WSVN, adding that the ring probably comes from an unidentified woman who has spent the last four years dropping valuable items into the kettles.
"I know she wants to be anonymous," Payton said of the woman, who usually calls the Salvation Army and tells them look out for her donations. "She knows that what comes here, stays here, and so it's like she wants to help this community. Thank you, thank you."
In a similar incident, someone dropped $4,275 worth of South African gold coins into a kettle in Beaverton, Ore.
[NBC Miami, WSVN]