For years Rosa Malcangi stashed away small amounts of money in a pressure cooker, waiting for the day she could do something special with the last of her savings.
On Tuesday, the 93-year-old Lansing woman unveiled a $21,000 gift for the Cristo Rey Community Center: a 5-foot, 750-pound granite statue of Jesus Christ titled “Christ the King.”
Malcangi, an Italian immigrant who has owned her northside home for 67 years, wanted to reward Cristo Rey for being a good neighbor. The Christ figure, with arms outspread, sits above the center’s main sign on its front lawn along High Street.
Cristo Rey means Christ the King in Spanish.