Diamonds and gold are gifts of the season, and they're showing up as valuable surprises in Salvation Army kettles at North Carolina stores.
The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that two wedding bands and a diamond engagement ring have been tossed into the red kettles the Salvation Army uses to collect Christmas donations.
Salvation Army workers in Raleigh found a pair of diamond wedding rings wrapped in a $10 bill last weekend. A 14-karat gold wedding band and an engagement ring worth $1,500 were donated this month in Hendersonville.
Valuable trinkets dropped in kettles include a $2,000 diamond and sapphire ring in Miami and a rare coin worth about $1,700 near Gettysburg, Pa.