Jewelry in Red Kettles

NEW JEWELRY ITEMS FOUND IN SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLES IN LAWRENCE, TAUNTON

Wave of generosity continues with jewelry donations to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign in Middleton and Raynham

BOSTON, MA (December 18, 2015) –Massachusetts residents continue to make prescious donations to Red Kettles as The Salvation Army is reporting unique donations in Middleton and Raynham.

On December 16, another donor dropped a .52 carat diamond pendant on a solid gold chain outside of Market Basket, 240 Broadway in Raynham. The donation came with a partial appraisal, valuing the ring at $3,800, as well as a handwritten:

“Please auction this off in memory of my Aunt Doris, whom your program helped many many many years ago. God Bless All.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”

On December 15, an anonymous donor dropped both a man’s and a woman’s set of wedding rings into a Red Kettle outside of Market Basket at 230 S. Main Street, in Middleton.

The Salvation Army has seen the donations of 11 different pieces of jewelry and rare items this holiday season, starting with a wedding band and a diamond engagement ring dropped into a Red Kettle outside of Billerica Market Basket on November 30. 

“The outpouring of unique donations to help people in need continues to inspire us,”said Major David B. Davis, Divisional Commander of the Massachusetts Salvation Army. “The money that will be raised for the Red Kettle Campaign from these precious gifts will provide toys to children in need, coats and warm meals to families, and important programming to help in our cities and towns. We’re blessed that Massachusetts residents are moved to give at this important time of year.”

Over $1.5 million need to reach Red Kettle goal: The Salvation Army hopes the continued donations will encourage others to contribute to the Red Kettle Campaign during the holiday season.  The Salvation Army has set a statewide Red Kettle campaign goal of $3.4 million this year. Collections to date stand at $1.87 million, leaving approximately $1.5 million to raise with just one week left in the campaign, which ends on Christmas Eve. Red Kettle donations are a critical source of funding for the vital programs and services that serve hundreds of thousands of children, families and seniors across Massachusetts throughout the year. This includes meals, toys and other holiday support for those in need, along with funding for food pantries, soup kitchens, social services, and education programs throughout the year.

The trend of donating jewelry to Massachusetts Red Kettles took off last year when an anonymous widow placed her wedding and diamond engagement rings in a Red Kettle outside of Boston’s North Station. The act of generosity touched off a spree of jewelry donations across the region. In a matter of weeks, Salvation Army officials received 15 different jewelry donations to Red Kettles, raising more than $30,000.

In order to honor the donor's wishes in Taunton, The Salvation Army is accepting donation offers for the pendant recently donated. If you would like to make an offer, please contact Drew.Forster@use.salvationarmy.org or call 617.308.3547.

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Rings in Red Kettle

UPDATE:

After receiving $21,000 from an anonymous former bellringer for the rings in the red kettle, The Salvation Army has received several donations of jewelry. Anonymous donors have shared that they would like to see the cross sold and the proceeds used to help The Salvaiton Army provide Christmas joy and much-needed help year round. To make an offer on any of the items, please contact  Drew.Forster@use.salvationarmy.org 617.308.3547.

SALVATION ARMY RECEIVES TWO NEW JEWELRY DONATIONS AS WAVE OF CHRISTMAS GENEROSITY
EXPANDS BEYOND BOSTON

Giving spreads to Weymouth and Fitchburg with third and fourth jewelry donations as Red Kettle Campaign nears its final day

CANTON, MA (December 24, 2014) – What began with one humble widow’s intention to help The Salvation Army has turned into a wave of generosity. In Weymouth, a Red Kettle received a complete wedding set from another widow with an appraisal in the amount of $2,600 for the one-carat diamond ring alone. In Fitchburg, a bracelet, diamond ring and diamond pendant came with instructions to sell and share.

The latest donations -- the third and fourth jewelry donations to The Salvation Army this month -- follow a gift of a wedding set in a North Station Red Kettle in early December. That initial gift in Boston yielded $21,000 from an anonymous donor who was touched by the generous act. Soon after the ring donation was announced, another anonymous donor contributed a diamond-encrusted cross to a red kettle in Brookline.

“Our red kettles represent the spirit of giving,” Major David B. Davis, Salvation Army Massachusetts Divisional Commander, said of the unexpected blessings. “Generous donors contribute a portion of what they have to ensure that children will have a brighter Christmas and that families and seniors will get the resources they need all year round. These gifts are elevating that spirit of giving to a new level. We are overwhelmed by all that has taken place.”

In Weymouth, multiple wedding bands and a diamond engagement ring were dropped into a red kettle outside of Stop & Shop. Like the first ring donation, the envelope included an appraisal for the 1.01-carat diamond engagement ring in the amount of $2,600.

The accompanying note reads:
“Please use proceeds for a drug addiction rehab. May God bless you! Love, Another widow (with a drug-addicted son).”

The Salvation Army operates four residential Adult Rehabilitation Centers in Massachusetts. The programs, which are primarily funded by the organization’s family stores, help men and women to conquer addiction and reclaim their lives.

In Fitchburg, at a Red Kettle and Salvation Army “Voluntary Toll Booth,” a donor wrote: “I’ve been blessed in my life and I’m sharing those blessings. Please sell and share.”

Enclosed with the heartfelt note were a gold bracelet, a diamond ring and a diamond pendant.

Following on the desires of the initial ring donor, each of the new jewelry donations has come with an expressed interest in seeing the items “sold” and the proceeds used to help others.

The anonymous donation of two rings earlier this month, from a widow honoring her late husband’s dedication to giving, inspired a second donor – also a widow – to give $21,000 to The Salvation Army. The second donor gave with the express desire of seeing the rings returned to the person who had made the sacrificial gift. The rings were reunited with the original donor at an emotional meeting on Monday.

The Salvation Army has already received offers for a diamond-encrusted cross, donated in Brookline earlier this month.

“These donors have given sacrificially for very personal reasons. We feel we are stewards of these precious gifts,” Davis said. “Each person that has contacted us has been captivated by the spirit of giving represented in these generous, sacrificial acts. Donations, large and small, help us to help our neighbors in need at Christmas and every day.”

 

BIG DROP IN THE BUCKET
by Jordan Graham, The Boston Herald

Another anonymous angel, inspired by a widow who slipped her wedding rings into a red Salvation Army kettle, has followed in the woman’s footsteps, quietly donating a diamond-encrusted cross to help the needy and to thank the people of Boston.

The donor, who the Salvation Army believes is a woman, put a white envelope with the cross and an unsigned note in a kettle outside a Stop & Shop in Brookline last Saturday.

In the note, the donor said she had moved from Australia to Brookline in April with her young son to escape a difficult life.

“I needed to find somewhere for us, particularly my son, to be happy again,” the note said. “I have enclosed this diamond cross, which is symbolic of Christmas, and ask that you sell it and use the money to help those less fortunate this Christmas, as my way of thanking the people of Boston, particularly Brookline, for welcoming us into their hearts, and allowing my son and I to be happy again.”

The white gold cross set with 12 diamonds has been appraised at $1,500, according to Salvation Army officials.

Capt. Myron Smith, head of the Salvation Army South End Corps Community Center, found the envelope while going through the coins, bills and loose buttons that people regularly put in the kettles. The envelope was addressed to Salvos, an Australian nickname for Salvation Army workers.

“This isn’t just a dollar or five dollars or even a hundred dollars, this is something that means something to someone that happens to have value,” Smith said. “This lady is trying to give a part of herself to let people know it really is about giving.”

The donor said their family has always done something for others around Christmas time.

“Since relocating, people have been so warm, friendly, kind and accommodating to us, and I have been trying to think of a way to give back to the people of Boston,” the note said.

“I was unsure how I could go about it this year, until I saw a story on the news about a lady who put two rings in the Salvos’ kettle.”

Those two rings, donated by a widow in memory of her husband, were worth $1,850 and a former Salvation Army bell ringer, who is also a widow, last week paid $21,000 for the rings.

The two will meet before Christmas, Smith said.

Of the anonymous donations Smith said, “I’ve been doing this as an officer for 10 years, and in my 10 years I have not seen anything like this.”

FORMER BELLRINGER DONATES $21,000 FOR TWO RINGS DROPPED INTO SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE

Stunning donation amazes Salvation Army officials, who will use generous offer to provide toys to children and services to those in need

BOSTON, MA (December 15, 2014) – An anonymous donor has offered $21,000 for two wedding rings dropped into a Salvation Army Red Kettle earlier this month. The donor, a widow and former bellringer, is hoping to reunite the diamond engagement ring and wedding band with their original owner, a widow who contributed the rings to The Salvation Army in honor of her late husband.

The donor contacted Salvation Army officials on Friday and offered to donate the large sum -- more than 10 times the valuation of the diamond ring to fulfill the wishes of the ring donor and because she hopes to reunite the rings with their original donor.

“I want to be involved in this because it’s about the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving,” she told Salvation Army officials. “My wish is that the rings can be returned to this woman who gave them up in memory of her husband for the sake of children at Christmas.”

She added that the story of the rings touched her because she lost her husband.

“I miss him dearly, but my husband would be happy that I am doing this,” she said.

The Salvation Army received multiple generous offers to buy the rings following the original announcement of a heartfelt donation of two wedding rings. The anonymous ring donor celebrated her late husband’s memory by dropping her wedding ring and her diamond engagement ring into a Red Kettle outside North Station.

“We’re absolutely overjoyed with this very generous donation as one expression of love has inspired another grand gesture to help those in need during the holiday season,” said Major David B. Davis, Divisional Commander of the Massachusetts Salvation Army. “Because of these two amazing individuals, our Salvation Army officers, staff and individuals will be able to extend our outreach to the many families and children in need. We are dedicated to fulfilling the sentiment behind these two heartfelt donations.”

The donation, made on Wednesday, Dec. 10, was accompanied by a note:

“I’ve dropped my wedding ring in your Red Kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children. In all seasons, my husband was a giver. I especially remember his joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need. To honor his memory, I donate this ring. I’m hoping there’s someone out there who made lots of money this year and will buy the ring for ten times its worth. After all, there’s no price on love or the sentimental value of this ring. But money will help the kids. May everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!”

The donation will help The Salvation Army in its mission to provide vital programming and services for hundreds of thousands of children, families and seniors across Massachusetts each year. This includes meals, toys and other holiday support for those in need, along with funding for food pantries, soup kitchens, social services, and education programs throughout the year.

The proceeds from the rings will be directed to the Salvation Army Cambridge Corps Community Center.

The Salvation Army has set a statewide Red Kettle campaign goal of $3.36 million this year to support individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth.

 

WOMAN PLACES DIAMOND RING IN SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE IN BOSTON TO HONOR LATE HUSBAND

 

Anonymous benefactor donates wedding ring and diamond engagement ring to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign with note honoring late husband

BOSTON, MA (December 8, 2014) – An anonymous benefactor celebrated her late husband’s memory by dropping her wedding ring and her diamond engagement ring into a Red Kettle outside North Station.

The donation, made on Wednesday, was accompanied by a note:

“I’ve dropped my wedding ring in your Red Kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children. In all seasons, my husband was a giver. I especially remember his joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need. To honor his memory, I donate this ring. I’m hoping there’s someone out there who made lots of money this year and will buy the ring for ten times its worth. After all, there’s no price on love or the sentimental value of this ring. But money will help the kids. May everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!”

An appraisal included with the donation values the diamond ring at $1,850 – an incredible gift that will help the Salvation Army in its mission to provide vital programming and services for hundreds of thousands of children, families and seniors across Massachusetts each year. This includes meals, toys and other holiday support for those in need, along with funding for food pantries, soup kitchens, social services, and education programs throughout the year.

“We’re so moved and incredibly grateful to the generous individual who made such a loving and kind donation,” said Major David B. Davis, Divisional Commander of the Massachusetts Salvation Army. “This heartwarming gift boosts all of our staff, bell-ringers, and volunteers who are working tirelessly during the Red Kettle Campaign to encourage donations that help those in need.”

The Salvation Army has set a statewide Red Kettle campaign goal of $3.36 million this year to support individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth. 

The Red Kettle tradition began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help feed needy citizens in San Francisco. McFee remembered the ferry landings in Liverpool England, where people would sit with small kettles that travelers would toss spare change into to help the less fortunate. Placing his own kettle on Market Street in Oakland California, McFee was able to help individuals on Christmas. The idea traveled to Boston in 1897 and the Red Kettle Campaign has been a tradition ever since.

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