Photo by Diane Cox
Charles Maneke of Maneke Jewelers in Alton held a special Christmas promotion that earned $1,835 for the Community Hope Center.
ALTON — Professionals call pearls “teardrops from the moon” because of their purity and innocence. For those who receive help from the Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills, a pearl represented the gift of blessings following the holiday season.
Maneke Jewelers in Alton held a special promotion through Christmas with all proceeds given to the center. Charles Maneke sold cultured pearl earrings for a reduced cost of $5 a pair, which resulted in 367 pairs of pearl earrings purchased, raising $1,835 to be donated.
“We are so grateful to Maneke Jewelers for their kind donation and ongoing support,” Community Hope Center Assistant Executive Director Denise Ukena said. “Maneke’s donation is a blessing worth more than gold to us. Without the donation being designated for a particular purpose, we are able to use those funds where they are needed most at the time. Anyone can designate their donations for specific things and we honor and respect our donors’ wishes. More than $1,800 will go a long way for our friends in need.”
Charles Maneke said he appreciates what the center does for residents in need and called it “a life-saving organization.”
“So many people depend on the Community Hope Center for things you and I take for granted,” he said. “This is the second year that we’ve done this Christmas promotion and we couldn’t have been happier with the turnout. To sell almost 370 pairs of earrings to customers who knew their money was going to a good organization, as the business owner, that feels good. We hope our customers felt good with their purchase. It’s their donation as well.”
Ukena said she hopes the Maneke donation encourages other local businesses to consider the Community Hope Center the next time they look to donate to a charity.
“Individual donations are amazing and we appreciate everything that is given to the Community Hope Center,” Ukena said. “Businesses are usually in a better position to give monetary donations that could help in other areas such as our power bill, fuel for our vehicles that serve the community and needed equipment. There are so many in our region that need help and we do our best to be there for them all. We are blessed to be stable. We know the Lord provides.”
Maneke Jewelers, 1633 Washington Ave. in Alton, can be reached at (618) 465-1410. Anyone interested in donating to the Community Hope Center can contact Assistant Executive Director Denise Ukena at 1201 Hope Center Lane (P.O. Box 124) in Cottage Hills or call (618) 259-0959.