Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A New York state family who collect donations for the homeless said they are trying to find the owner of a wedding ring found in one of their bags.
Gary Cirlin, whose elaborately-decorated family home is known to locals at the New City North Pole Airport, said he and his brother-in-law, Erik Lazerus, were sorting bags of canned food visitors to their Christmas display had dropped off for Nyack Homeless Project when they discovered an apparently accidentally-donated wedding band.
"Just going through dozens of bags and I pulled out some pasta and some cans, and lo and behold, I see a ring at the bottom of the plastic bag," Lazerus told CBS New York.
The men said the ring bears an inscription in a language they don't recognize.
"We thought right away this had to come off someone's hand when they were bagging their grocery donations," Cirlin said.
They posted a photo of the ring to Facebook, where it has been shared hundreds of times.
"If I lost my ring, I would hope that someone would be out there trying to find me," Lazerus said.
Cirlin said he doesn't want the ring's owner to be put off of doing good in the future.
"I want to prove that phrase that 'no good deed goes unpunished' is wrong," Cirlin told WABC-TV. "This is somebody who was donating groceries to the homeless and lost something valuable so we're going to do everything we can to get it back to them."
"No one who donated to a cause to feed the homeless should have a negative consequence," he said.