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Rings donated by widow to Salvation Army fetch $21,000 to buy toys for poor children

FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 file photo made in Cambridge, Mass. and provided by The Salvation Army shows a diamond ring, valued at $1,850, and a wedding band, that were placed in a red donation kettle outside Boston's North Station. The Salvation Army said the rings, given by an anonymous widow in honor of her late husband, were accompanied by a note in which the woman said she hoped they would be sold and the money used to buy toys for needy children. Salvation Army Major David Davis said Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 that a former bell ringer has offered $21,000 for the two rings. (AP Photo/The Salvation Army, Salvation Army Lt. Michael Harper, File)

FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 file photo made in Cambridge, Mass. and provided by The Salvation Army shows a diamond ring, valued at $1,850, and a wedding band, that were placed in a red donation kettle outside Boston's North Station. The Salvation Army said the rings, given by an anonymous widow in honor of her late husband, were accompanied by a note in which the woman said she hoped they would be sold and the money used to buy toys for needy children. Salvation Army Major David Davis said Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 that a former bell ringer has offered $21,000 for the two rings. (AP Photo/The Salvation Army, Salvation Army Lt. Michael Harper, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Salvation Army in Boston says a former bell ringer has offered to pay $21,000 for two rings that a widow dropped into a red donation kettle in hopes they'd be sold to buy toys for poor children.

The charity says the anonymous buyer is also a widow. It says she doesn't plan to keep the jewelry. Instead, she wants to return the diamond engagement ring and wedding band to the woman who originally gave them.

Salvation Army Major David Davis said Monday the $21,000 will be use to provide toys to poor children for Christmas and services to others in need.

Davis says the organization received multiple offers for the rings after they were donated with a note asking them to be sold. The diamond ring was valued at $1,850.