The Salvation Army received a surprise gift in one of its Red Kettles on Tuesday — an emerald and diamond necklace worth more than a thousand dollars.
The necklace had a note on lined paper attached: “Keep Doing Good. God Bless the Salvation Army.’’ Signed: “A friend’’
The local branch of the Salvation Army received a call from a woman around 2 p.m., said Judith Mori of the Miami Dade Salvation Army. She asked them to check the contents of the Red Kettle on 97th Avenue and Northwest 41th Street in Doral. That’s where a worker found the necklace, appraised at $1,340, Mori said.
This is the fifth year the Miami-Dade chapter has received an unusual gift around the holiday season — always with a similar note and a call from a woman, Mori said.
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“We’ve compared the handwritten notes and it’s the same,” Mori said. “What’s most important is that this person has opted out of any tax write-off benefit. She’s a very genuine person.”
In previous years, the local chapter has anonymously received a gold nugget, $1,000 spread among three Red Kettles and two diamond rings valued at $3,500 each.
The nonprofit is known for its Red Kettles, which began in San Francisco in 1891. Nationwide, the proceeds from the Red Kettles enable the Salvation Army to help more than 34 million Americans recovering from various issues. The Salvation Army has been helping people in Miami-Dade since 1913.
Each kettle is assigned a community in need. In the Doral case, the proceeds from the necklace, which will be auctioned or sold, would benefit Hialeah, Mori said. In previous years, the anonymous donor has dropped off items in different neighborhoods, including South Miami and Little Havana.
People have called within days of these donations to offer their own donations, saying they were touched by the gesture of this anonymous benefactor, Mori said.