JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – say whaaas? This message literally has a sound!
A volunteer sorted through change that had been thrown into a red Salvation Army cauldron in Jacksonville on December 1 and found a dollar bill that was folded with some tape.
“Oh look, it’s a diamond ring,” he said as he opened the dollar bill.
The group of Kettle Counters screamed with excitement and gathered to see it.
“It was a solitaire engagement ring,” said Captain Kirk.
The engagement ring had been taped on a dollar and tossed into a kettle by an anonymous donor at a local Publix.
The ring was taken to Miriam’s San Marco jewelry stores and valued at between $ 8,000 and $ 9,000.
The diamond is a 1.75 carat stone, M / N color, VVS2 clarity set in yellow gold.
“We are very excited about this tremendously generous gift here in our community,” said Development Manager Robert Devers.
“The funds raised through the Red Kettle campaign are critical to ensuring we can help all those in need. These heartwarming gifts continue to inspire and inspire our staff, ringtones and volunteers,” said Area Commander Major Keath Biggers.
“Despite this jewel donation, funds raised through the Salvation Army’s legendary Red Kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19, while requests for services are at all-time highs,” Biggers said.
The Red Kettle campaign is at risk because consumers have less cash, fewer coins, more online purchases, which means less pedestrian traffic in shopping areas, unemployment rates and the recent closings of some brick and mortar retail stores.
The Red Kettle Campaign funds provide year-round services and programs such as disaster relief, clothing assistance, transportation, housing, food aid, youth programs, financial assistance, and Christmas relief.
The Jacksonville Salvation Army is likely to put the ring up for auction to get the best of anyone willing to give and to help many more people this year.
“We are encouraged by every donation because it means that someone has given their hard earned money to help others. We hope this diamond ring donation will inspire others to give, ”said Biggers.
Click here to volunteer for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
Visit SalvationArmyNEFL.org to donate to the Red Kettle Campaign and help the Salvation Army continue to meet the needs in your community.
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