Diamond donation valued more than $4,000 rings Army's bell

December 20, 2013 

A Modesto woman who chose to remain anonymous made a generous donation to The Salvation Army Modesto Citadel on Friday: a designer ring with a two-carat diamond. It wasn’t plunked into a red kettle, but rather brought to the army’s office, said Business Coordinator Brian Aird. “She brought actual documentation,” he said Friday night. “We’ve never had anything like that in Modesto as long as I’ve been here, about seven years.” The woman said she was inspired by hearing of a similar donation in Florida. The ring was last appraised in 1999 at a bit over $4,000, the documentation shows, but with the surge in gold and diamond prices since then, the nonprofit group estimates it could now be worth anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. The Salvation Army’s administration is in the process of getting the ring appraised and hoping to find a buyer as soon as possible. The unorthodox gift “couldn’t have come at a better time,” the army noted in a news release. “With Thanksgiving falling so late in November, the bell-ringing season is curtailed by more than a week this year. With The Salvation Army in its final days of the Red Kettle Campaign, every little bit helps them inch closer to their target.”

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