Salvation Army bell ringing has become a tradition during holiday shopping. The jingle of the bells and smiling faces ask for donations that will go to the community.
Tuesday, for the second time in a week, a giving heart in Hendersonville shared more than spare pocket change.
The bell ringers at Carolina Ace Hardware in Hendersonville expected lots of change, but knew as they volunteered on behalf of AM radio station WTZQ, anything could happen.
The donations started early - with the radio station's morning show host, George Henry, telling folks to stop by with a buck or two - or a diamond ring.
"We were talking about the Fresh Market ring that was donated last week to the Salvation Army's bell ringing," said Henry. "So we were just kinda joking about it, and we were encouraging people to come out, and if they had any extra jewelry they didn't want, or a ring they didn't want the memories about, to come down and bring it out."
One woman heard the joke but took it to heart and brought a ring.
It was wrapped in a $5 bill, and the box was too big to fit in the red kettle. The woman gave it to the bell ringer, but asked to remain anonymous. Salvation Army staff said the ring was a family heirloom, passed down to her husband. He passed away earlier this year.
"It's really neat because there's a story behind each one, that's what's really exciting," said Hendersonville's Salvation Army volunteer coordinator, Cheryl Gudger-Thompson. "We appreciate every penny, dime, nickel that we get.. but when someone donates something like this, it means even more."
The Salvation Army said they're going to get the ring appraised and then decide whether to sell the ring or auction it off to someone who appreciates the story behind the diamond.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:19:38 GMT
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