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Woman finds wedding ring in Instant Pot box and returns it to rightful owner

TODAY logo TODAY 12/31/2018 Lyn Mettler

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Imagine the excitement of opening a brand new Instant Pot only to find an added surprise inside ... a wedding ring! 

Well, that's exactly what happened to one Washington state woman who opened up a new Instant Pot on Christmas morning. When she took the packaging out of the box, she found not only her new prized appliance, but a wedding ring, too. And no, she didn't turn around to see a person on one knee asking for her hand in marriage (though that would make for another heartwarming story). It was actually someone else's ring.

a close up of a device: Lost wedding ring in Instant Pot © JoAnn Johnson Lost wedding ring in Instant Pot

Not sure what to do, Shiloah Avery, of Port Orchard, Washington, first tried calling the manufacturer of the Instant Pot, but was issued a support ticket. Rather than wait, she decided to post her discovery to a local Facebook page.

a screenshot of a social media post: Facebook post Instant Pot wedding ring © Facebook Facebook post Instant Pot wedding ring

By Christmas evening, she had heard from the ring's owner, JoAnn Johnson, also of Port Orchard, and was able to verify it belonged to her after she sketched a drawing of the ring for Avery. The ring was returned just days before Johnson's 20th wedding anniversary and a planned celebratory cruise.

Johnson reacted with great joy upon getting her ring back and called Avery "such an honest person."

a screenshot of a cell phone: Facebook message Instant Pot lost wedding ring © JoAnn Johnson Facebook message Instant Pot lost wedding ring

So, how in the world did the ring end up in the box in the first place?

Johnson said she and her husband were shopping for an Instant Pot at a local Walmart. They wanted to see one of the smaller ones, but there was not one on display so they opened a box to have a look. That's when she believes the ring fell off.

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt  9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker © Amazon Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

She discovered it missing about 15 minutes later and after retracing her steps and even using a flashlight to check under shelves, they came up empty handed. They notified customer service and posted to a local Facebook page as well but "had totally given up hope of ever finding it," she said.

"For Shiloah to find a ring and reach out in all the ways she could think of makes her an exceptional person to me," Johnson told TODAY Food via Facebook. "She is my Christmas angel. And having become friends with her through all this, she really IS a sweetheart with a good heart!"

A Christmas miracle, for sure — and the best Christmas gift she could have imagined!

Ali Gostanian contributed reporting.

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