It happened while one Tulsa man, who asked not to be identified, was dropping some change into the red kettle.
“I had outpatient surgery at St. John's and I forgot to take [the rings] off. So at the last minute, I gave them to him and he put them in his pocket,” the wife said.
The husband did not realize what had happened until after they got back home and he couldn't find the ring in his pocket.
Captain Ken Chapman of the Salvation Army of Metro Tulsa said he received a frantic phone call from the couple asking if the ring was still with them. He said the kettles have a lock on them and stay locked until the counting process begins at the Salvation Army warehouse.
“So we count the kettles the next morning, find her ring, gave it to her and she gave us a $100 donation,” Chapman said.
Chapman said every year, they find odds and ends inside the red kettles.
“We have a little collection in our counting room of all the weird things we get in the kettle,” Chapman said.
Since the woman was reunited with her ring, she said she hasn't taken it off once.