Wedding rings found in Salvation Army kettle in Wake County

Posted December 19, 2011

— 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.

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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. 

Salvation Army kettle Rings donated to Salvation Army of Wake County

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." 

Find out more about WRAL’s 23rd Annual Coats & Toys for the Children campaign, which is also helping Salvation Army families this holiday season.


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  • ProudBlackSingleMother Dec 23, 2011

    Never trust a jewelrey store appraisal, especially if it comes from the mall... those things can be inflated to at least double what it is really worth.

    I am willing to bet that some scorned woman tossed that in there to spite her ex.

    I personally will not support these bell ringers, they are annoying, especially the one at the CV Harris Teeter... that fella makes snide comments to those who choose to ignore him.

  • dbop90 Dec 21, 2011

    I just want to say that I very happily donated today to the salvation Army outside of Harris Teeter in Cameron Village....and Monca I went ahead and put $20 in the kettle on your behalf. Merry Christmas to all!

  • catsbay Dec 20, 2011

    Monica - The Salvation Army DOES treat "ALL people as worthy". "What is your sexual orientation?" is not a question asked when anyone walks through their doors needing assistance.

    Just because they are a church that disagrees with homosexuality does not mean they discriminate against someone who is. Accepting people's right to choose DOES NOT mean approving of that choice.

    So, you don't agree with their stance on homosexuality, WHO CARES?! They still do a great deal of good for their communities. If you still personally can't get past it then donate elsewhere. Your childish behavior and comments only prove your own hypocrisy.

    I agree with jedichick you sound like you only believe in "tolerance" when others agree with you.

  • superman Dec 20, 2011

    Dropping valuable items into a kettle is at best foolish. You would be surprised if you saw the bell ringer wearing the rings you had dropped in the kettle earlier. You have no way of knowing how much of the money donated actually gets to the salvation army office. Be safe-- if you want to contribute-- write them a check. The bell ringers dont look like they live in Cary.

  • ConcernedNCC Dec 20, 2011

    They're probaably going to find out they're worth about $50 or less.

  • NC Reader Dec 20, 2011

    I think that these rings may have been stolen and the thief was trying to get rid of them with $10 thrown in for some kind of penance. That, or they were donated by mistake.

    It just doesn't make sense for a person intentionally to leave something with such sentimental and monetary value in a kettle. Even if someone wanted to donate them, it would be far better to donate in person (and do it without leaving a name if they so desired), so as not to risk the rings getting misplaced or stolen from the kettle. Sadly, there is theft from a few of these kettles every year.

    monca -- I respect your decision not to donate to an organization with whose policies you disagree. Please, however, don't take it out on the bell ringers. Many are just community volunteers, and some of them look pretty down on their luck. They don't make policy. Confronting them is like blaming the server in a restaurant for how your food tastes or how the management accepts payment.

  • jedichick Dec 20, 2011

    Monca, just what exactly are you looking to accomplish by doing that? Do you think the bell ringers are going to report back to the "higher-ups" in the Salvation Army that someone like you didn't donate simply because of personal opinion? I'm sure you are one of those people who preach "tolerance" but only when others agree with you. The Salvation Army does good for a lot of people and I'm going to make sure I drop even more money into every kettle I see.

  • busyb97 Dec 19, 2011

    Salvation Army is definitely one we will put money in the bucket, for the very reasons some do NOT. They are willing to stand up for their belief and stick to it, versus bowing to "political correctness". Good for them, and we'll continue to drop a few in the bucket. If you don't like it, that's fine- you can donate to the others you prefer. It's a free country.

    Merry Christmas.

  • Burger Dec 19, 2011

    Wow! There is a Fresh Market in Hendersonville?! Amazing!

  • Coretta Scott Thing Dec 19, 2011

    a story of a person trying to do some good with a item they no longer need turns into sounding board for anti-salvation army people. Grinch awards to Monca . thisisfdup

    I would say that the Grinch Award goes to the Salvation Army for their less than welcoming stance towards others. So much for the reason-for-the-season. I personally show every bell ringer at the kettle a 20 dollar bill and tell them " this is what you could be getting if you treated ALL people as worthy of your funding". Then I walk off. Happy Holidays