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Mercer County Salvation Army receives unique donation

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SHARON, Pa. - A unique donation may help the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign in Mercer County reach their goal for the year.

A three carrot diamond ring was donated by an anonymous couple. The ring is appraised at more than $4,500 but Salvation Army officials fear second-hand jewelers will only offer the scrap value of the ring.

"They don't look at it as a diamond ring that somebody might be willing to buy, so if somebody is looking to get a special gift for someone in their lives and they want to help the Salvation Army at the same time, give us a call," said Captain Scott Flanders.

The Salvation Army hoped to raise $65,000 this year. Their campaign ends in less than two weeks and so far they've raised only about a third of their goal.

Flanders says the reason may be the late start to the holiday season.

"The problem this year is Thanksgiving is so late we lose six days, a lot of the places we ring the bell we have an agreement that we will not start until the day after Thanksgiving," said Flanders.

To contact the Mercer County Salvation Army, call 724-347-7443.

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