One Ronald McDonald House donor may not be "lovin' it" after a recent incident.
Fundraisers found a woman's diamond-studded wedding ring inside a red Ronald McDonald boot last week. A copy of the iconic size-14 shoe was being used to collect donations in a Mission Valley, Calif., roadside fundraiser, ABC reports.
The Ronald McDonald House says it's not sure whether the act was a generous donation or a heartbreaking mistake.
“Someone may have dropped it in, or someone may have just said, ‘Here, take this.' You never know.” Chuck Day of Ronald McDonald House Charities, told NBC.
The charity, which provides families with inexpensive lodging near the hospitals where their children are getting treated, raised $150,000 in its annual Red Boot Fundraiser.
The Ronald McDonald House is seeking information on the ring owner and notes that if it was a donation, it could go a long way in assisting the charity's education, food and recreation programs.
"This is not a low-cost value ring; it's someone who has nice taste," Gail Sullivan from the Ronald McDonald House told ABC.
But bling has been unexpectedly popping up at other organizations too.
In a recent similar story, Deb Thompson of Minnesota discovered a diamond ring, valued at $5,000-$6,500, in a pair of pants she purchased at Goodwill, the Star Tribune reports. Certain that the pricey piece of jewelry wasn't left behind intentionally, Thompson is searching high and low for the rightful owner.
"I would love for [the owner] to have a second chance," she told the news outlet.
Anonymous Donor Gives $25K In Toys
Hope was renewed after an alleged thief stole the money from Chicago's Toys For Tots Foundation. To help replenish the supply and ensure Christmas joy for the thousands of area children the organization reaches, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-embezzlement-may-mean-fewer-toys-for-tots-20111220,0,7505109.story" target="_hplink">a generous donor gave $25,000, the <em>Chicago Tribune </em>reports.</a> His only request? To remain anonymous.
Anonymous Donor Leaves $10K On Doorstep
Money was inevitably tight for Maria Vargas, who spent her life's savings on monthly treatment as she battles Stage Four cancer. But that changed when Vargas received an anonymous check for <a href="http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/struggling-cancer-patient-receives-10000-check-bag/nFz4w/" target="_hplink">$10,000, left in a sack of avocados on her doorstep, KTVU reports.</a> The family had been protesting outside of a Kaiser facility, claiming misdiagnosis allowed a tumor to grow out of control.
Anonymous Donor Gives Kids 1,300 Bikes
If you ask a child his ideal Christmas present, you're likely to get a resounding answer: a bike. One donor in Oregon has been making that a reality for the past decade. In 10 years, he's given out almost 1,300 bikes <a href="http://kdrv.com/news/local/234007" target="_hplink">KDRV reports</a>. He's remained anonymous and is simply referred to as "Bike Santa."
Anonymous Donors Pay Off Layaway Bills
Anonymous donations have caught on at stores across the country. Kindhearted Secret Santas are paying off remaining Kmart layaway balances for families nationwide, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/kmart-secret-santas-pay-strangers-layaway_n_1153210.html" target="_hplink">the <em>Associated Press</em> reported</a>. These Santas have started spreading the love to other stores as well, hitting up Wal-Marts in Joplin, Mo., according to the AP.
Anonymous Donor Gives Shelter
Sometimes gifts for children don't come in the form of a firetruck or a new doll. An anonymous donor paid for an extended motel stay for Kim Artis and her 10-year-old daughter and 18-year-old disabled son as holiday budgets threatened to put them on the streets, <a href="a href="http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x2105827220/Anonymous-donor-helps-woman-children-avoid-homelessness" target="_hplink"" target="_hplink">the <em>State Journal-Register </em>reported. </a>