Woman accidentally donates bag of jewelry to Goodwill

Woman accidentally donates bag of jewelry to Goodwill
GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- The Goodwill drop-off spot is a regular stop for Cheryl O'Leary-Gruver. But her last closet-cleaning donation was far more generous than she intended.

O'Leary-Gruver donated an old purse, having forgotten all about what she had hid inside. The bag was holding some 20 pieces of jewelry, including a ruby and diamond ring, a family heirloom.

"Just one piece was $700 or $800, and I imagine each piece was comparable. So with 20 or so pieces, it's substantial," she said.

When she realized what she'd done, O'Leary-Gruver immediately contacted Goodwill. But she was turned down when she asked to search the distribution center.

"The product is moving. So even if she went in and looked at all of these different Gaylords, it's a needle in a haystack, unfortunately," said Amanda Bedell of Tacoma Goodwill.

It is likely the purse is long gone. Tacoma Goodwill says by now, three weeks later, it could be in any of the 29 stores across the state.

The company notified point people to be on the lookout, but it is possible the purse landed on a store shelf without anyone ever looking inside. The hope is someone will find the jewelry as O'Leary-Gruver left it -- bundled in a plastic bag, inside a purse.

"I just want them to see my face and know it's not just costume jewelry. It has a lot of sentimental value. The first ring my husband ever gave me. that type of thing," she said.

O'Leary-Gruver is counting on someone's honesty. Anyone who finds the jewelry is urged to call Tacoma Goodwill immediately.