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Diamond found in Salvation Army kettle in Kansas

Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 8:31 a.m. CST; updated 9:47 a.m. CST, Thursday, December 8, 2011

SHAWNEE, Kan. — 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 told KCTV the diamond turned up amid the cash donated outside a Walmart in the Kansas City suburb of Shawnee.

Natividad said 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 he opened the paper to discover the diamond inside.

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

 


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