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Diamond ring boosts Salvation Army’s fundraising efforts

A woman donated a two-carat diamond ring to the Salvation Army this week. She said the ring, seen here Thursday afternoon (12-18-14), cost $5,000 when it was purchased.
A woman donated a two-carat diamond ring to the Salvation Army this week. She said the ring, seen here Thursday afternoon (12-18-14), cost $5,000 when it was purchased. etracy@modbee.com

The Salvation Army’s Modesto Citadel Corps has received a big donation: a 2-carat diamond ring that could be worth thousands of dollars and go a long way in aiding the charity in its work of helping the needy.

A middle-age woman walked into the group’s office in downtown Wednesday and donated the ring, said Maj. Kyle Trimmer. He said the woman explained that the ring had been valued at $5,000 when it was purchased. She did not want a receipt and when pressed on why she was making the donation would say only, “I hope that it helps.”

The woman asked that her name not be released. Trimmer said the group will have the ring appraised and sell it. The proceeds will go toward funding the group’s programs, which include a child development center, homeless shelter, and giving out food and paying utility bills for those in need.

“We are very blessed for such generosity that will touch so many lives,” Trimmer said.

The donation comes as the group is raising money with its bell ringers standing next to its distinctive red kettles. The group has kettles and bell ringers at 32 shopping centers, businesses and other locations throughout the Modesto area. The bell ringers will be out through Christmas Eve.

Trimmer said gifts of this kind are not unusual at this time of year. He has been an officer with the Salvation Army for 25 years in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming and California. He said while he was assigned to Prescott, Ariz., a donor or donors put several pieces of jewelry worth about $7,000 in kettles. He said that while he was in Prescott, someone also put a gold coin in a kettle. Trimmer said he had the same experience in Cheyenne, Wyo. He said the coins were worth about $1,400 each.

The Salvation Army asks that anyone interested in purchasing the ring call business coordinator Brian Aird at (209) 522-3209.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at kvaline@modbee.com or (209) 578-2316.

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