A woman, whose identity is anonymous, has decided to honor her late husband’s life by sharing their most significant possessions. The woman decided to send their wedding rings — her engagement ring and his wedding band — to a Red Kettle just outside of Boston’s North Station.
The donation to the Massachusetts Salvation Army was made on December 3, along with a note from the woman. In the note, the woman wrote that she wanted to commemorate her husband’s “joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need.” She hoped that by donating their rings, the items could be used to help raising funds for children in need — especially those who are without toys during this holiday season.
— bostonmagazine.com (@BostonMagazine) December 8, 2014
According to NBC News, the diamond ring is valued at $1,850, and the letter reads as follows.
“I’ve dropped my wedding ring in your Red Kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children. In all seasons, my husband was a giver. I especially remember his joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need.”
The letter continued, “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.” In the letter she also states that she hopes someone will buy the ring for “ten times its worth” because, “there’s no price on love or the sentimental value of this ring.”
Here’s what the rings look like up close.
The Salvation Army’s divisional commander of Massachusetts said, “We’re so moved and incredibly grateful to the generous individual who made such a loving and kind donation. 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.”
Currently the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle goal is $3.36 million for the year.
— DressforSuccess BOS (@dfsboston) December 8, 2014
Oddly enough, aside from the anonymous woman who donated her wedding rings, the Salvation Army in Pittsburgh had to deal with someone who accidentally dropping a $10K diamond ring into the kettle. Fortunately, the Salvation Army was able to return the ring to the owner.