Salvation Army bell-ringer brings in diamond ring

Posted December 14, 2015

A diamond ring was tossed into a Salvation Army kettle in Durham on Dec. 13, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Salvation Army)
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— The Salvation Army discovered a special donation Monday among the coins and bills in one of its red holiday kettles.

Staffers were counting the donations from the kettle at the Walmart Supercenter on Glenn School Road when they found a diamond ring among the coins and bills, officials said.

The value of the ring hasn't yet been determined.


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  • John Weston Dec 15, 2015
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    The link is just one reference article but the history is clear. The point is that the word holiday is used unnecessarily, or more than likely, instead of Christmas and the reason is fairly clear. There is a PC culture that believes you should not say the "C-word" which is ridiculous especially if the kettle is indeed about Christmas! Nothing wrong with saying Happy Holidays either, we just need to stop trying to censor Christmas out of everything because of some misguided fear of offending somebody. Christmas is not a bad nor controversial word. If the context is there Christmas can and should be used instead of holiday. If this was an isolated incident I wouldn't have given it a second thought but it is a continuing pattern. I remember a few years ago the outlet mall in Smithfield banned the kettles as "controversial". This type of attitude is divisive and unnecessary and takes away from the meaning of the story which is generosity, grace & love shown to complete strangers.

  • Roy Hinkley Dec 15, 2015
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    Do you realize that nowhere in your link are they referred to as Christmas Kettles? They are called Red Kettles, so I guess WRAL could be guilty of renaming them (by injecting the word holiday).

  • Mark Cooper Dec 14, 2015
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    John is correct...

    Drop the PC WRAL you cannot rename something because it is not PC

  • John Weston Dec 14, 2015
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    Editorial note, it is a Christmas kettle, not a holiday kettle. Great story though (even considering the dubious "error" in writing it). The generosity shown by people is truly selfless.