Diamond dropped into Kansas Salvation Army kettle

December 8, 2011 - 10:40 AM

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The Salvation Army in northeastern Kansas is trying to put a price on an unusual item dropped into one of its red kettles: a diamond.

Salvation Army business manager Richard Natividad tells KCTV (http://bit.ly/vkcmA6 ) that the diamond turned up amid the cash donated outside a Walmart in the Kansas City suburb of Shawnee.

Natividad says he and other workers were counting the cash when they came across a balled-up piece of paper. He almost threw it out, thinking it was trash, but opened the paper to discover the diamond inside.

Natividad estimates the diamond is nearly a carat, but he'd like to get it appraised. He says one appraiser wanted $75 for the service. The Salvation Army hopes that someone will offer to appraise it for free.

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Information from: KCTV-TV, http://www.kctv5.com