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$1,500 ring dropped in Salvation Army kettle at Brookwood Village

A woman donated this ring, appraised at $1,500, to the Salvation Army by dropping it in one of their red kettles. Source: Salvation Army A woman donated this ring, appraised at $1,500, to the Salvation Army by dropping it in one of their red kettles. Source: Salvation Army
The ring is 14k yellow gold band with a 6 carat heart-shaped blue topaz flanked by four round diamonds. Source: Salvation Army The ring is 14k yellow gold band with a 6 carat heart-shaped blue topaz flanked by four round diamonds. Source: Salvation Army
Source: Salvation Army Source: Salvation Army
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Some loose change, a few dollars, a smile and holiday greeting are among the gifts Salvation Army bell ringers usually expect to receive during their annual red kettle drive. But recently, a woman donated a $1,500 ring to the Salvation Army by dropping it inside one of their red kettles at Brookwood Village.

A spokesman for the Salvation Army says they found the woman, identified as Patricia Pisano, and asked her why she decided to give them the ring.

It turns out Pisano had originally planned to auction the ring at a benefit dinner she was organizing for the Salvation Army. But after being diagnosed with skin cancer, she had to cancel those plans. She said she still wanted the ring to go to the Salvation Army, so she decided to drop it inside one of their red kettles.

"I felt that they could use it for the Lord's work which I feel strongly about," Pisano said.

Pisano bought the ring 10 years ago to support a missionary and said she held onto it, waiting for the right time to use it to help someone else.

The Salvation Army says the ring is a 14k yellow gold band with a 6 carat heart-shaped blue topaz flanked by four round diamonds. It's been appraised at $1,500.

"We are so very thankful for her generosity," Salvation Army commander major Bob Parker said in a release. "We have such a giving community and I am proud to see all that they do to help those in need."

The Salvation Army says they raise about a third of their annual budget through the red kettle drive, which is their largest fundraiser. This year, the Birmingham Salvation Army hopes to raise $500,000 during the kettle drive, which began on Nov. 15 and will end on Christmas Eve.

There are more than 100 red kettle donation locations in the Birmingham area. To find out more about the Salvation Army or ways you can help their efforts, visit www.birminghamsalvationarmy.org.

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