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Sterling Salvation Army Finds Red Kettle Wedding Ring

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It's been one month since the Red Kettle Campaign began, but the Salvation Army in Sterling, Ill. has collected something made of gold -- a wedding ring.

"Someone was counting the kettle and said, 'Oh, we have a ring!'" Lt. Cindy Marquis said this is the first time her corps has ever found a ring in a red kettle, "Last year we did have a gold coin and a silver piece. I know, in other places, they've gotten diamonds."

Marquis said she needs to find out who dropped their wedding band into the kettle in order to find out if the donation was intentional. Did the gentleman who donated his wedding band do it on purpose or by accident?

Marquis said it's possible somebody mistook the ring for pocket change --

"Somebody who works with their hands. A mechanic, a landscaper, or somebody who would have a job where they would not want to damage their ring or get their finger caught in a machine," said Marquis. "Just dropped it in and didn't realize that the ring was there." But there is a possibility that the ring was a conscious donation.

"There's been a bit of speculation," Marquis said. "If it was on purpose then I hope it was a good circumstance."

If it's your ring, and you want it back, the Salvation Army wants to help you get it.

"We do our best to make sure that the person has a chance to get back whatever it is that they've lost." But if the ring isn't claimed --

"It would be sold and the money would go towards our kettle goals."

It's considered a donation.

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