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Woman Who Left Rings In Salvation Army Kettle In 2014 Continues Tradition

BOSTON (CBS) -- Salvation Army officials said the same woman who kicked off a wave of local jewelry donations for their organization two years ago is continuing the tradition this season.

The Salvation Army said in a release that the woman, who gave her wedding and engagement rings to the organization in 2014, left a Claddagh bracelet in one of their iconic red kettles at North Station earlier this month.

They said she also left a poem, entitled "What To Give?" and signed it "In memory of Jerry."

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This Claddagh ring was left by an anonymous woman in a Salvation Army kettle at North Station in Boston. (Salvation Army)

The Salvation Army said the woman, a widow, "continues to insist on anonymity."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz reported that the woman left the ring with bell ringer Dennis Baker.

She famously placed her wedding and engagement rings in the kettle outside North Station two years ago.

Back then, she left a note explaining the gift was to honor the memory of her late husband who she described as a "giver," and wrote that she hoped that selling those rings could help children who were in need.

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Notes included with the diamond ring donation. (Photo credit Salvation Army)

That year, the organization said, 15 different jewelry donations raised over $30,000.

The trend continued last year--and this year, they said they've already received nearly a dozen donations of rare coins and diamond rings.

They've set a statewide goal of raising $3.5 million by Christmas Eve in 2016.

For more information on donating to the Salvation Army, please visit: www.salvationarmyma.org.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz reports

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