Red kettle donation sparkles with generosity, humility

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Missy Woods knows when she goes to empty The Salvation Army red kettles after each shift of bell ringing, she’ll come up with more than just money.

Along with change and folded dollar bills, Woods said a other items always pop up during the annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

“Some pocket lint, some fake dollars, some hateful notes, fake coins, paperclips — the usual fun things to weed out when preparing the money for deposit,” she said.

But this year, Woods, director of Human Services Inc. in Jackson County, which distributes Salvation Army funds locally, found something she never expected.

“We found a diamond ring in our kettles this year close to Christmas,” she said.

The ring was wrapped in a letter, she said, which explained the owner had no money to give, but felt the importance of giving.

“It mentioned never knowing when you may be helping Jesus in disguise,” Woods said.

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