The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 10, 2012

Wedding ring turns up in Salvation Army donations

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — While everyone at Enid Salvation Army hopes to find plenty of gold in the red kettle at the end of the day, one of those kettles recently yielded an unexpected kind of treasure.

What was found in the kettle was so unexpected that Maj. John Dancer believes it has to have been a mistake.

“It’s a wedding band,” he said.

Dancer declined to say where the kettle was when the ring came to be in the bottom, but he’s hoping the owner steps forward to claim it.

“We’d love to see the person get their ring back,” Dancer said.

Dancer declined to provide details about the ring, saying he’d rather keep all identifying information confidential.

Dancer said the rightful owner of the ring can come in person to the Salvation Army office, 616 N. Independence, to describe and claim the ring. He suggests coming in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and asking for either Dancer or Charlotte Gragret.

The Red Kettle Fund Drive is on track with donations, Dancer said, but Enid Salvation Army is lagging behind its overall fundraising because other sources of revenue have been thin.

“We’re about $90,000 behind our goal,” Dancer said. “I think the kettles will be fine — we’re about where we expect to be — but with the letter appeal and checks people send in, we’re behind.”

If donations fail to pick up, tough decisions will have to be made.

“We hope not to have to cut any programs or lay anybody off,” Dancer said.