The anonymous donor included a note that simply read “help the poor.”

By Meghan Overdeep
December 22, 2020
Salvation Army Red Kettle
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The Salvation Army of Memphis is over the moon after learning that a diamond ring anonymously via one of their iconic red kettles is worth thousands of dollars.

According to the organization, a mystery benefactor slipped a plastic bag into one of their kettles in the Germantown area on December 10. Inside was a vintage ring and a note with, “Help the poor” scrawled on it.

An appraisal of the ring by Sissy’s Log Cabin jewelry store over the weekend confirmed the 14k gold stunner is worth upwards of $6,000.

“We may never know the story behind the ring's original owner or what motivated them to so generously drop it into our red kettle on that December night, but year after year, we continue to be amazed by the unwavering love and support from our neighbors,” Salvation Army of Memphis wrote on Facebook alongside photos of the ring, the note, and the subsequent appraisal.

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The beautiful piece of jewelry contains one .81-ct old miner’s cut diamond surrounded by a halo of 10 miner’s cut diamonds.

“To the anonymous ring donor, your gift will change countless lives in our community this Christmas,” the Facebook post concludes. “THANK YOU!”