Following a tip it received in the form of an anonymous call, the Salvation Army found a platinum and diamond ring wrapped in a $20 bill in one of its iconic red kettle at a supermarket in Coral Gables, Florida.
The ring, which was appraised at $2,995, was accompanied by a note that read: "There are so many who need help. Keep doing good!” WTVJ reported.
The ring is believed to be linked to the same mysterious donor who left a gold nugget, two other diamond rings and an emerald and diamond necklace, in Miami-Dade collection buckets. That donor usually calls ahead and attaches her gifts to hand-written notes.
Leaving jewelry in Salvation Army bucket around the holidays has become something of a trend in other parts of the country. Several Salvation Army buckets in Massachusetts have received anonymous donations of jewelry, WHDH reported.
In early December, someone in the city of North Station left a note that read: "Dear Salvation Army, I donate this diamond ring and gold wedding band in memory of a loving fiance and in remembrance of all those who grieve, that they may have hope. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!! Anonymous, with love.”
Another person donated several silver dollars dating from the late 1880s attached a note that read: "In Memory of Mom.”