The Salvation Army operation in Dalton, Georgia, expects to ring up a substantial sum, thanks to an unusual gift from an anonymous couple.
The charity says a woman handed one of its holiday season bell-ringers a diamond wedding ring wrapped in a plastic bag, along with a note reading, "My husband and I are still deeply in love. We think you could make better use of this ring than us. (Signed) All for Jesus."
The ring, appraised at $6,000, is being offered to private bidders at Maryville Jewelers in Dalton, CNN affiliate WXIA reports.
"It tells me that people have a heart even in these trying times," Salvation Army Maj. Henry Hunter told the station. "They're not focused on self."
The sale of the ring will help reduce the charity's $50,000 deficit, Hunter said.
Maryville Jewelers will accept bids for the next three weeks.