The Salvation Army has been blessed over the years with unusual yet wonderful donations for its red kettle drive. The bell ringers in our area have reported that this holiday season is no different. We recently received a donated ring appraised at $1500 that a lady dropped into a kettle at Brookwood Village. We were able to catch up with her to ask why she did this.
“I bought the ring over 10 years ago to support some missionary work,” says Patricia Pisano. “I held onto it but didn’t really have a need for it and was waiting for something to use it to benefit someone.”
This year, Pisano was planning to auction the ring off at a Salvation Army dinner. But after being diagnosed with skin cancer those plans were cancelled. Still wanting to give it to The Saklvation Army, that’s when she decided to drop it in a kettle.
“I felt that they could use it for the Lord’s work which I feel strongly about,” says Pisano.
The ring is a 14k yellow gold, blue topaz and diamond ring. The stone purchased from the missionary is a 6 carat heart shaped topaz that is flanked by four round diamonds with a value of $1500.
“We are so very thankful for her generosity,” says area commander major Bob Parker. “We have such a giving community and I am proud to see all that they do to help those in need.”
The red kettle drive is our largest fundraiser and accounts for about a third of our budget. There are more than 100 locations in the Birmingham area, or you can donate online at www.birminghamsalvationarmy.org.