One Person’s Treasure is Another Person’s…

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“These rubies are from Burma – they were brought to the U.S. before the ‘Burma Trade Act’ and are legal – they are very high quality and are worth a lot of money. Please use the funds obtained from them to help others in the name of Jesus Christ. Hopefully bringing others to know him. Thank you for your good Christian work.  - A Friend in Christ”

Talk about a rare donation! The Salvation Army of Springfield, Missouri received the above note with two Burmese rubies from an anonymous donor last week. Burmese rubies typically vary in price anywhere from $8,000 – $100,000. We are thankful for this person’s generosity!

Though unconventional, this isn’t the strangest. In fact, when Googling ‘Weirdest Charity Store Donations’ (yes, we did that), the word ‘valuable’ becomes a rather subjective term. The absolute strangest include a prosthetic leg, sacks of potatoes, a bird’s nest, a bag of human hair, and a coffin. Funniest one: A personal diary with entries – almost like reality TV before TV was invented!

While your local Salvation Army thrift store probably isn’t looking for any bird nests or potatoes, they ARE in need of your coats, as the temperature continues to drop and the need rises, as well as other clothes, furniture and household goods. Please contact your local Salvation Army to hear about hours and methods for how you can help those in need.

There are many ways to donate to The Salvation Army. To learn more, please visit www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.