Volunteers go dumpster diving for bride-to-be’s ring
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Volunteers go dumpster diving for bride-to-be’s ring

Ring gets caught on trash bag, travels from garbage bin to sorting facility

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

File: Ultra Orthodox Jews search in a pile of garbage at Jeruslem's Givat Shaul city dump, after losing a very expensive engagement ring, on January, 21, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
File: Ultra Orthodox Jews search in a pile of garbage at Jeruslem's Givat Shaul city dump, after losing a very expensive engagement ring, on January, 21, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

They didn’t exactly arrive on white chargers, but several knights wearing black skullcaps did respond quickly to the distress call of an an ultra-Orthodox damsel desperately seeking her engagement ring in the garbage near Jerusalem’s main sorting depot in Givat Shaul.

The woman realized too late that her ring, worth tens of thousands of shekels, had caught on a trash bag she had deposited in a dumpster near her home.

The dumpster was traveling to the sorting depot when the Jerusalem Municipality was alerted to the mishap and directed the truck to an area of municipal warehouses in Givat Shaul, where it spewed its contents out onto the ground for sorting.

Some passersby were so moved by the weeping woman that they immediately volunteered to help. Others responded to an appeal which the woman’s family posted on Facebook. One volunteer told the Channel 2 news site he saw the distraught bride-to-be and didn’t hesitate to come to help, even taking time out of work.

“We’ll look in the trash until we find it,” he vowed.

The family of the woman, who is due to get married in a month, has offered a financial reward to whoever finds the engagement band.

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