We’ve prided ourselves long before this pandemic hit, of being a place the community can come to when they need something, jewelry, or otherwise. Giving back has always been and always will be a core tenant of Prestige Jewellers.
Think back to a year ago when the first lockdown began. Every shelf in the grocery store was empty. Everyone was hoarding as many essential supplies as possible because we didn’t know how long this would last.
While looking at those empty shelves felt uneasy, sitting back and doing nothing felt worse. Last year, no matter what location you were at, food donations dropped off at our store meant you went home with a beautiful pair of earrings. When Moe wasn’t managing the store; he was running errands, buying groceries, and filling prescriptions for over 45 people that first month of lockdown.
Moe was far from the only person running these errands. As soon as he posted reaching out to lend a hand, 20 more people replied saying they were either already doing the same, or were inspired to jump in and help.
Our friend Kathy is a fellow proud local business owner of an Arts & Crafts store. Her family was battling insurance claims due to a flood and a rare form of cancer, all during the pandemic. I can’t tell you how overwhelming the response was when we asked our community to help them out.
Initially, the plan was to raffle off one ring to raise $5,000. Well, that goal was reached in one day, so a second ring was added and the total amount raised went up to $15,000. We had single donations of up to $500, and people writing in that if we picked their name, to pick again because they just wanted to donate.
Take away everything sparkly and shiny in our showcases and can you tell me what is left? Behind the diamonds, rubies, and sapphires is a place where everyone in the community is welcome to come. Tell us about your day, help you show your loved ones how cherished they are, and help you fix what’s broken.
We are a catalyst for giving in our community, not the cause. None of the drives or raffles would amount to anything without the community that supports them so readily. Everyone in our community knows we would do the same for them if they needed it.