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."