Provided by The Salvation Army
As The Salvation Army's Red Kettles slowly disappear from the streets every night, volunteers meet to empty the buckets and count the donations. This group sorts the money by bills, coins and sometimes checks so that it may be deposited the next day. Mixed with the dollar bills and loose change dropped in the Red Kettles this Christmas season are some unusual items as well touching tokens of generosity. On Monday, Dec. 23, just two days before the end of the Red Kettle Campaign, a gold ring with a note attached was found among the bills and coins.
The note read:
"In honor of my husband who passed away 7 yrs. ago today. He was my Angel and I know he continues to watch over me and his family. He had a giving heart and would want to help however he could. This was his ring, It's not much but I hope it helps… Merry Christmas & GOD BLESS."
The ring was left in a Red Kettle at United Supermarkets on 82nd street and Frankford. The donor of the ring did not leave a name to the stapled note. The ring will soon be appraised to determine a value but the significance of the donation is heartwarming. With news of the Red Kettles struggling this season, people begin to give what they can to help in any way possible.
After word spread of the touching donation, an anonymous donor has stepped forward to pay for the ring, under one condition: the ring is returned to the wife and his donation is in honor of her husband. A quote by the late husband has been withheld from the attached note so the donor can be identified.