Engagement, wedding rings dropped in red kettle

Every year, the Salvation Army red kettles turn up all sorts of interesting “contributions.” In these parts, someone regularly drops in thousands of dollars, and occasionally the gold coin.

This contribution, made in Massachusetts, might be the most poignant ever.

Massachusetts Salvation Army

A widow slipped her engagement and wedding rings into the kettle, the Boston Globe reports today.

She also added a note:

“I’ve dropped my wedding ring in your Red Kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children,” the woman wrote. “In all seasons, my husband was a giver. I especially remember his joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need. To honor his memory, I donate this ring.”

She added a proverb at the bottom of the note:

“To find out what a man is worth, take away his money and his possessions.”