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Widow could get back rings bought for $21K for charity

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    FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 file photo made in Cambridge, Mass. and provided by The Salvation Army shows a diamond ring, valued at $1,850, and a wedding band, that were placed in a red donation kettle outside Boston's North Station. The Salvation Army said the rings, given by an anonymous widow in honor of her late husband, were accompanied by a note in which the woman said she hoped they would be sold and the money used to buy toys for needy children. Salvation Army Major David Davis said Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 that a former bell ringer has offered $21,000 for the two rings. (AP Photo/The Salvation Army, Salvation Army Lt. Michael Harper, File)
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BOSTON >> Not even J.R.R. Tolkien could dream up rings as precious as these.

A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamond engagement ring and wedding band that a widow placed inside a red donation kettle in Boston. A note accompanying the rings asked that the jewelry be sold and the proceeds used to buy toys for poor children.

This heartwarming Christmas story gets even better: The anonymous woman redeeming the rings is also a widow, and she wants to return them to the woman who originally donated them.

"I want to be involved in this because it’s about the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving," the buyer told the Salvation Army, which announced the rings’ sale Monday. "My wish is that the rings can be returned to this woman who gave them up in memory of her husband for the sake of children at Christmas."

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