Diamond ring dropped in Salvation Army's red kettle honors Newtown victims

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:18:50 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 06:48:19 PM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -

A national movement called "26 Acts of Kindness" to honor those killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting touched a local organization.

A diamond ring was dropped into a Salvation Army red kettle in La Crosse.

The ring came with a note attached. The message said the donation was a random act of kindness to honor the 20 young children and 6 adults killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month.

The note made specific mention of 6-year-old victim Olivia Engel.

"So, that's a real touching thing that people are thinking of others and here's a way to honor people that don't have much for themselves," said Julie Nelson, Salvation Army Development Director.

The ring was appraised at Rose Jewelers who purchased it from the Salvation Army for $325. This donation helped the Salvation Army exceed their fundraising goal this year.