Golden Gifts




I love the tradition described in the link and snippets below.  May the tradition expand throughout the world.

It began in 2014, when a Boston widow carefully wrapped her engagement and wedding rings in paper, along with “a very sweet note,” and dropped them in one of the Salvation Army’s ubiquitous scarlet buckets, Forster said.

“I’ve dropped my wedding ring in your red kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children. In all seasons, my husband was a giver,” the widow wrote.


Days later, a former bell-ringer came forward and offered $21,000 for the set. Also a widow, the woman wanted to return the rings to their rightful owner.

Forster arranged for the women to meet, he said. “The public became very enamored of the story,” Forster said, after media stories ran about the exchange. 

Sources: Leo Not All News is Bad from KSAT12

With Love,


P.S. The rings in the photo are the ones my Beloved and I gave to each other when we got married. As they are still in daily use they are not being donated.

Golden Gifts

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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2 Responses to Golden Gifts

  1. ksbeth says:

    what a beautiful story on so many levels. and your rings are lovely.

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