My name is Maria Cherego, and I own/created MKC Candles. It’s a small at-home business, where I personally make all products by hand pouring all candles and wax melts in my kitchen! I even hand-cut my specialty wine bottle containers at home, as well.
My full time “gig” is Elementary Instrumental Music education, where I teach grades 3 through 5 band and string instruments in Pennsylvania. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from West Chester University in West Chester, PA in 2015. Recently, in May of 2020, I graduated with my Master’s of Music Education from Temple University. I currently reside in the Philadelphia area with my husband Anthony, who is also a music educator.
Candles have always been a part of my life. When I was growing up, my mom would light candles constantly (and whenever I visit, she still lights them, except a majority of them are now my own!). Now that I have a house of my own, candles are in my house often. They bring light and comfort and they make my home feel like home!
I started making candles as small Mother’s Day Gifts back in May of 2020. Who knew that small hobby would turn into this?!
At MKC Candles, I strive to produce natural and harmless products that provide light and peace as well as help those in need. No form of help is ever too small.
MKC Candles began in June of 2020 amidst all the chaos in the world and our nation. I wanted to help others who were searching for change. Therefore, a little hobby turned into a simple gift that could go a long way. I chose national organizations to donate all the proceeds. Currently, the organizations change monthly and are announced at the beginning of each month and are featured on my Instagram page.
Between June to December 2020, over $1800 was donated to various organizations including the Provost Farm LLC, the Philadelphia Youth Network, LaSalle College High School, Turkish Philanthropy Funds, Love Heals Inc., NAACP, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley PA, Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard in Ambler, PA, the Boys and Girls Club of Ambler, PA, The National Military Family Organization, and Operation Christmas Child. Now that I have launched my business, a portion of your purchase is donated towards a new organization each month. You can find out more about what charity is featured for the current time in the “donations” tab above.
All in all, thank you for your support and love. I hope this small story will help encourage you to know you that anybody can help make a difference in the lives of others. No purchase is ever too small, as something small can grow into something bigger. MKC Candles looks forward to bringing some gentle light your way!
With love and light,
Maria K. Cherego