Red Kettle Collections Bring More Than Money

Created: 12/24/2013 6:51 PM KAALtv.com
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) --  The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive ended at 5p.m. Tuesday as the Christmas campaign came to a close.

But we wanted to know, besides money, what else do they find in those kettles?

Turns out the answer:  a little bit of everything.

Salvation Army spokesman Dave Ferber says a couple of years ago, he started keeping the "treasures"- if you will- in an envelope.  That envelope was getting full, so he upgraded to a jar, that he calls, the "oddities jar."

Dave says what's in that jar is as diverse as the people of Rochester.

"Batteries, there's a key," Ferber said.  "Who knows what that's too, maybe somebodies missing a key to something. We've had jewelry. That's always exciting until we find out that it probably came from a dispensing machine that cost a quarter."

But some of that jewelry is worth something.  Over the weekend one person dropped a real diamond necklace into a Rochester kettle.