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Re: Donating fine jewelry in the Salvation Army red buckets

On 12/26/2014 FlowershopGirl said:

There are also "other" reasons that some won't donate money to the SA so that could very well contribute to their lower funds. Many would rather give their donations to groups who accept people from all walks of life.

ITA. I wondered why they would ever voice their opinion, I've always given to them before but will give to another organization until they change their stance.

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Re: Donating fine jewelry in the Salvation Army red buckets

They serve everyone. I like them.
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Re: Donating fine jewelry in the Salvation Army red buckets

The only drawback I see is that fine jewelry does not enjoy a good return in the marketplace. Gold coins (Krugerrands) and gold pieces are another story.

(We have to have faith that those in charge are honest. If any organization has proved its integrity, it is the Salvation Army.)

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Re: Donating fine jewelry in the Salvation Army red buckets

I support the Salvation Army locally in several ways, but cannot see myself donating gold jewelry. However, I never pass a red kettle without making a donation.
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Re: Donating fine jewelry in the Salvation Army red buckets

I may be cynical also but I would doubt the jewelry would get to it's intended destination. As someone else said, better to sell it and donate the money. I didn't see any donation kettles when I was out and about this season. Years past they used to hang out at Walmart. I didn't see any this year.

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Re: Donating fine jewelry in the Salvation Army red buckets

On 12/26/2014 circles said:
On 12/26/2014 NickNack said:

I don't think that's a good idea at all. I would be afraid of theft. Selling it yourself and donating the money would be much better.

ITA.....

I heard the other day that they fell short in donations this year...by a huge amount....that is very sad....

I noticed this year that there were far fewer bell ringers out. I never pass by without giving a few dollars. I think I only encountered two or three the whole season.

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Re: Donating fine jewelry in the Salvation Army red buckets

On 12/26/2014 va603 said:
On 12/26/2014 circles said:
On 12/26/2014 NickNack said:

I don't think that's a good idea at all. I would be afraid of theft. Selling it yourself and donating the money would be much better.

ITA.....

I heard the other day that they fell short in donations this year...by a huge amount....that is very sad....

I noticed this year that there were far fewer bell ringers out. I never pass by without giving a few dollars. I think I only encountered two or three the whole season.

(My bolding)

Yes, I also noticed that there weren't any bell ringers at the stores where I shopped. They were at these stores last Christmas, and I wonder why they weren't around this year? I'm thinking someone might have complained. {#emotions_dlg.sad} I just donated directly to them this year.

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Oh my.... I'm another one who thinks that the jewelry will never make it to the charity....

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Well, all of you are wrong who think the jewelry won't make it to the charity. Another woman bought them for 10x their value and gave them back to the donor who was a widow. What a great story! As to criticism of the Salvation Army, they have denied discrimination in hiring but remember they are a church and a church has the right under civil rights law to inquire into a person's beliefs before hiring them.

http://foxct.com/2014/12/15/widows-rings-bought-from-salvation-army-for-21000/

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I would also normally think jewelry might vanish. However, this story has gone nationwide, getting coverage on news stations and Facebook. What I don't understand is that they reported that the SA will keep the jewelry until after the holiday and then deal with it. The woman who first donated her wedding set specifically asked that the money the rings brought in be used to purchase more toys for the kids. When will that happen? I'd ask for them back and figure out another way to donate them.