Mysterious donors drop major gifts in Salvation Army red kettle

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Two of Salvation Army’s red kettles in the metro received some major gifts from mystery donors that will impact a lot of people in need.

The gifts include a single penny, a gold coin and a diamond ring.

They are all donations that are going to help hundreds of Oklahomans.

"Those can help and be turned into a warm bed, that can be turned into hot meals, that can be turned into an encouraging word, a warm blanket and hopefully a new start at life," said Major Carlyle Gargis.

It was a curious anonymous post-it note that came with something sparkly inside.

The note read, "This ring is only four years old and I don't need it.”

It was dropped into one of the Salvation Army's red kettle outside Bass Pro Shops in Oklahoma City on December 23rd.

"When we opened it up, this is what we found, this beautiful diamond ring," said Gargis.

The ring will be appraised and that money will go into the amount raised in the 2014 Red Kettle Program.

The surprises didn't end there.

On Christmas Eve, another major donation was found inside the kettle outside Mardels in Edmond.

"We found this gold one ounce maple leaf,” said Gargis.

The gold coin is worth more than $1,000.00, a significant value but all donations mean something.

"I remember this penny."

On the first day of kettle ringing, Major Carlyle Gargis said one of the first donors really stood out.

"A little girl came up just as cute as could be. She placed that penny in the kettle and it meant the world to her to do that,” said Gargis.

That penny represents that every donation, big or small, adds up to something greater, a way to help Oklahomans in need with food, clothing and shelter.

The red kettles have raised $544,000 compared to last year of $531,000.

Those totals will increase once the gold coin is added and diamond ring appraised.


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