$3,500 Diamond Ring Dropped in Salvation Army Kettle in South Florida

The ring, wrapped in yellow notepad paper, was placed in a kettle at a Pinecrest Publix Super Market in south Miami-Dade.

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    Salvation Army Maj. Linda Payton discusses receiving a $3,500 ring in a kettle in South Florida. (Published Thursday, Dec 19, 2013)

    A $3,500 diamond ring was dropped off at a Salvation Army red kettle in South Florida on Wednesday.

    The ring, wrapped in yellow notepad paper, was placed in a kettle at a Pinecrest Publix Super Market in south Miami-Dade.

    "Continue your good caring for the needy in God's name," the note on the paper said.

    It is the fourth year that the generous donor has placed a pricey item in a red kettle in Miami-Dade County, said Judith Mori, director of development for the Salvation Army.

    The first year, golden nuggets worth $2,000 to $4,000 were handed it to a bell ringer. The second year, there was a gold ring with small diamonds along with a $50 bill and a note. Last year, 10 $100 bills were dropped at various in Miami-Dade locations along with a note with a Bible verse.

    Mori said that each time, a woman called to give them a warning that something of value had been dropped off at a specific address.