$2,000 ring in Pa. Salvation Army kettle

December 3, 2008 6:37:24 AM PST
Bells aren't the only thing ringing near one Salvation Army kettle in southwestern Pennsylvania. A $2,000 diamond engagement ring is proving to be a welcome, if mysterious donation. Capt. Christopher Blessing says someone dropped the ring into a kettle outside a supermarket on Nov. 22. Blessing heads the Salvation Army's Uniontown Worship and Service Center about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh.

Blessing doesn't think the donation was a mistake, because Salvation Army officials have notified the supermarket and nobody has claimed the ring. It will soon be sold if nobody does.

Blessing says the donation is welcome because his group's collections are $30,000 behind last year while its caseload increased 20 percent. The center served 26,000 people last year.

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