Jewelers Give Back

AN OPERATION THAT HELPS When Ken Lauhoff, owner of Lauhoff Jewelry, in Chillicothe, Mo., read that Operation Help, a charity that lends financial support to “people just having hard time getting by,” would exhaust its annual funds at the start of November—right as the weather turned frosty—he knew he had to help. Operation Help receives no government funding. So Lauhoff started selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree to his store. In 22 days, Lauhoff, with some help from the community, raised $8,030. Students at the Grand River Technical School sold $800 worth, and Lauhoff sold the rest. Prices were $5 for one and five for $20, meaning that the jeweler, a fixture in his community for 34 years, sold more than 1,400 tickets. This isn't the first time Lauhoff has helped out residents. In a recent fund raiser for a new Head Start school, h
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