Sharp eyes and a lot of luck returned a diamond ring to its owner today. The ring and a necklace were inadvertently donated to Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin’s (SCWI) Fitchburg store several weeks ago, mixed in with clothing.
The owner filed a Lost Donation Report on September 4. September is a busy month for donations, and the chances of locating the jewelry was slim. Nevertheless, Goodwill SCWI put all hands on deck to search for the valuables.
“Usually, two weeks after the fact, we don’t expect to recover missing items,” said Debbie Caraballo. Caraballo is the designated “jewelry lady” for shopgoodwillmadison.com, Goodwill SCWI’s online shopping site.
Caraballo examines the jewelry for markings and authenticity before pricing them for sale.
This morning, she spotted an unusual piece and checked it against the description of the lost ring. It was a match. As she read the lost donation report, she noted the mention of the necklace and remembered seeing a similar piece. That too was recovered.
The owner was immediately contacted and arrived a short while later to reclaim the items, shaken but ecstatic to have them back in her possession.
Retail stores and shopgoodwillmadison.com are economic drivers for the mission of Goodwill. The proceeds from the sale of gently-used donated goods funds career guidance, supported employment and residential services to people with disabilities, mental health concerns and other barriers to employment and independent living.
Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit. When someone donates to their local store, most times their donation gets resold in that location or within the Goodwill SCWI 14-county region. Each regional Goodwill is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.