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'To Honor His Memory': Widow Donates Rings To Salvation Army To Help Needy Kids (Photo)

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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People often drop a few dollars into the iconic red Salvation Army donor kettle around the holidays, but this week in Massachusetts, an anonymous woman donated something much, much more meaningful.

Inside one kettle, workers found a bag with two gold rings inside – one engagement ring and one wedding band. The rings were accompanied with a decades-old appraisal note valuing them at $1,800. The anonymous woman slipped a note in with the rings.

“I've dropped my wedding ring in your Red Kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children,” she wrote. “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!”

Here’s a picture of the rings:

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Within no time, the Salvation Army was flooded with offers to buy the rings. One woman, a widow herself, ended up purchasing them for $21,000. The money from her purchase will be used to purchase toys and good for people in need.

“I want to be involved in this because it's about the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving,” the woman said. “My wish is that the rings can be returned to this woman who gave them up in memory of her husband for the sake of children at Christmas.”

The woman is working hard to track down the donor of the rings, but that's no easy task. Like most Salvation Army donors, the owner anonymously dropped her donation in the kettle and walked off, leaving no paper trail behind.

Regardless of whether the rings ever reach their rightful owner, Massachusetts Salvation Army head Major David B. Davis is grateful for the donor’s kindness.

“We're so moved and incredibly grateful to the generous individual who made such a loving and kind donation,” he told MailOnline. “This heartwarming gift boosts all of our staff, bell-ringers, and volunteers who are working tirelessly during the Red Kettle Campaign to encourage donations that help those in need.”

Source: MailOnline, CBS Boston / Photo Credit: KFOR, Salvation Army