BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Salvation Army bell-ringers in Biloxi collected two golden rings.

Around them was a letter asking that they go to a Christian couple who cannot afford a diamond and are making a lifetime commitment.

Jessica Riddle says she and her mother, Sara Miller, were at the kettle outside the Biloxi Walmart when an older woman painstakingly pushed in a big wad of paper late Nov. 29, refusing help.

WLOX-TV reports that a Gulfport jeweler verified the rings as gold and diamonds worth about $500.

The Coast Salvation Army is holding a contest for the gift. Entrants can describe hardships they have faced and why they feel they deserve the rings and a free wedding.

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