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Originally published Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Diamond ring dropped in Spokane red kettle

An anonymous donor dropped a diamond ring wrapped in a dollar bill in a Salvation Army red kettle in the Spokane area.

The Associated Press

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

An anonymous donor dropped a diamond ring wrapped in a dollar bill in a Salvation Army red kettle in the Spokane area.

The ring is valued at $5,000.

KREM reported Monday ( http://is.gd/LzB3N2) that volunteers also found a silver coin worth about $30 wrapped in a note. The note read: "I've saved this ounce of silver for twenty years. I'm unemployed for 13 months. My house is in foreclosure. I'm filing for bankruptcy, and at 61 my retirement is shot, but I still know there are families in worse shape."

Salvation Army Capt. Kyle Smith said the generosity was appreciated and indicative that some people are hurting.

"This tells you about our economy, this tells you about our situation, this tells you that people are struggling out there," he said.

Overall donations are up from last year, Smith said, largely because the weather hasn't been as cold.

The Salvation Army of Spokane is worried about a loss of state funding to distribute rent and utility assistance to low-income people suffering medical problems. Recipients might be undergoing chemotherapy or recovering from drug addiction.

Also in jeopardy is Sally's House, the Salvation Army's emergency foster shelter for children who've been abused or neglected.

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Information from: KREM-TV, http://www.krem.com/

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