Anonymous donor rewarded for generous deed

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 12/26/2013 9:21 pm
The mystery is solved. We now know the anonymous donor who gave a most generous, yet unique donation to Lubbock's Salvation Army. The kind-hearted woman saw on the news how the non-profit was struggling to meet its red kettle goal.

Every year, Shelie Bravo-Williams keeps her late husband Victor Bravo's memory alive.

"He passed away seven-years ago on the 23 and each year I just try to do something in his memory," she said.

So, this year was no different she knew she needed to do something.

"He would help anybody and give the shirt off his back if that is what it would take to help somebody in need," she said.

She said after a lot of praying the answer came ringing. Lubbock's Salvation Army was her calling.
     
"I'm holding on to some of my husbands possession's that could pay it forward," she said.

Some of those possession's include jewelry her husband owned.

"I just took this one out and said you know what it was the ring that I gave him our first Christmas together," she said. So, I said we are going to pay it forward this year we are going to help."

The day before Christmas Eve she slipped in a gold ring with an anonymous note.

"I gave it a kiss before I did because I really thought it would be the last time that I saw it," she said.

However, it wouldn't be. Another anonymous donor heard about the ring and paid to get it appraised so he could donate what it was worth, but with a condition that the ring would be returned to the owner. 

Bravo-Williams heard about the non-profit looking for her on the news.

"I looked it up and sure enough it was everything that I kind of heard on TV," she said.

On Thursday Bravo-Williams got her keepsake back.
     
"Maybe by having this ring back I can help somebody else that needs help because that is what my husband would have wanted me to do," she said. In any way I can help anyone during their time of need I feel like that is my calling, and maybe that's what God put me on earth to do. We go through everything for a reason."

The other mystery donor gave the Salvation Army $250 the appraised worth of the ring. 

In its Red Kettle Campaign Lubbock's Salvation Army raised $210,000 dollars in cash and change, which does not include checks or private donations. The non-profit expects to exceed its $225,000 goal.
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