Raleigh, N.C. — Someone donated a diamond ring and a wedding band to the Salvation Army of Wake County over the weekend, the charity announced on Monday.
The rings were found wrapped in a $10 bill in one of the nonprofit's red kettles. The group is having the rings appraised to find out the value.
Money placed in the kettles supplements the charity's toy and clothing donations.
Salvation Army representatives said the rings are encouraging since donations have been down 10 percent over the past year.
Earlier this month, officials said a woman's 14-karat gold wedding band and engagement ring were left in a Salvation Army kettle outside the Fresh Market in Hendersonville. They were wrapped in a dollar bill with an appraisal notice saying they were worth $1,500.
The Salvation Army of Wake County will be distributing gifts to more than 3,500 families this week.
About 100 children were not adopted from the charity's Angel Trees at local malls this year, but officials said kettle donations have helped provide those children with warm clothing and toys.
The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop warehouse, 2116-D New Bern Ave. in Raleigh, is open Monday through Wednesday for parents who registered their children for the Angel Tree to pickup the gifts.
Single mother Jessica Maloney picked up warm clothes and toys for her two children on Monday.
"If not (for the Salvation Army), I wouldn't be able to do anything for my kids, period. It's kind of sad when you look at your kids, and they're looking at you, like 'Where's my present at, Mom?'" Maloney said.
Seventh-grader Spencer Mangum saw a story on WRAL News about families in need, so he raised $487 to buy toys for the Salvation Army. On Monday, he volunteered to help distribute them.
The Salvation Army of Wake County said it has enough donations to fill the need for the holidays, but there will always be families in need.
"It does not stop," Salvation Army spokeswoman Haven Sink said. "We hope people will keep that spirit of giving alive as we go into the new year."