Jeweler’s Donation Provides Children With Clothes

For three days in December, Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems in Charlotte,
N.C., gave customers the ability to have professional photos taken in addition
to shopping for holiday gifts.
 
President Julie Haack tells JCK the
photography event was held to benefit the Assistance League of Charlotte, a
nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and
families in the Charlotte area. Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems recently
presented its donation to the Assistance League.
 
“Any sales that occurred during those three days, a portion of it went to the
Assistance League,” Haack says. “On top of that, I invited our marketing team
and staff to donate to Assistance League for the holidays instead of the money
they would have spent exchanging gifts with each other.”
 
The free event invited anyone in the area to have a professional photo taken.
“Some brought children, a photograph, animal or whatever they chose to be
photographed with as a momento for the holiday and for their loved one,” Haak
says.
 
Haack says she chose the Assistance League because the number of homeless
children this year was close to 1,500 instead of the usual 200 due to the
economy. “I wanted to do anything I could to help keep those children off the
streets and clothed properly during the winter, as they had no say in their
situation,” Haack says.
 
Haack says the event allowed the store to provide enough clothing and afternoon
snacks for approximately 12 children. “We intend to continue to do events with
Assistance League as the recipient this year and further into the future.”