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$1,500 rings left in Salvation Army kettle in NC

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HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) -- The Salvation Army says someone dropped off two golden rings in a red kettle for Christmas in North Carolina.

Officials said a woman's 14-karat gold wedding band and engagement ring were wrapped in a dollar bill and an appraisal notice saying they were worth $1,500. They were left in a kettle Wednesday outside the Fresh Market in Hendersonville.

Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Gudger-Thompson called the appraiser listed on the notice and was told he hadn't worked in 15 years. The group thinks the donor wants to remain anonymous.

The Salvation Army is considering auctioning the rings and using the proceeds to help families in need.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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