An anonymous man, heartbroken over the end of an engagement, decided to drop the ring he purchased for his ex-fiancée in a Salvation Army bucket along with a note, hoping that the ring would help someone who’s struggling.
According to reports, the unidentified donor left the $1,200 14-carat gold diamond ring in a Salvation Army change collection bin in Mitchell, South Dakota, along with a note that reads: “This ring made me the happiest man in the world when she said yes, and the saddest when she returned it so hope you can use it to make some kids happy. Thank you for all you do.” Attached to the note, in addition to the ring, was a $10 bill.
Mitchell Major Vicki Cole says that locals were shocked when the ring was discovered and word started to spread about the man’s heartbreaking generosity.
“My heart goes out to that man who gave it,” Cole told Keloland TV, according to the NY Daily News. “His heart was broken and a time that could've been a very joyful time, but then he gave from his heart and said this could help children.”
The local Salvation Army group says they hope to sell the ring, as they’ve only raised $9,000 of their $35,000 goal for this holiday season. They’ve already received offers for $750.