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mdday_color_logoVote for Assistance League – Make A Difference Day All-Star Award 2014!

Every year, USA Weekend Magazine and the Points of Light Foundation sponsor “Make A Difference Day,” a national day of service.  And to honor particularly compelling service projects, they’ve created a contest – the “Make A Difference Day All-Stars” contest for a $10,000 prize (awarded by the Gannett Foundation). You may not realize this, but Assistance League of Irvine is one of 120 Assistance League chapters across the nation.  And the National Assistance League organization has been chosen as one of the finalists for this prestigious award.  The winner will be selected by an on-line vote – so we need your votes to win! (More about how to vote, in a minute.)

We were selected because of our national 2013 Children’s Book Drive, in which 93 Assistance League chapters, including Assistance League of Irvine,  collected 103,000 books for children in schools, foster programs, and shelters.  That’s an average of 1,100 books per participating chapter!

We thank all of you who donated books to us for this book drive and helped make it such a success.  NOW we’re asking all of you to VOTE for us, to help National Assistance League win the All-Star prize!

You can vote for us at:   http://makeadifferenceday.com/vote-now.  Voting is open from now until March 4,  and is limited to ONE VOTE PER DAY.

As they used to say in the old days, vote early and often (i.e. daily).  Help Assistance League win the All-Star prize!

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Support Your Local Tax-Free Zone!

no sales taxYou’ve all heard of Duty-Free Shops.  Those shops at the airport, with security guards at the entrance and enticing displays of designer handbags, perfumes, and high-end liquor  in their windows.  You watch enviously as the lucky passengers with international tickets are shown into this magical place, where shoppers pay no sales tax or VAT because they’re about to leave the country. 

But you no longer need to gaze wistfully at the Duty-Free Shop and think about how wonderful it would be not to pay sales tax.  You can shop right here in Irvine – and not pay any sales tax! No saving for months to afford the plane ticket to Europe.  No two-hour drive to LAX during the morning rush hour so you can make it through airport security in time to board your afternoon flight.  No searching frantically for a spot in the long-term parking structure.  All this is behind you! Tax-free shopping awaits you!

At the ALI thrift shop, customers don’t pay sales tax.  That’s because we are a non-profit organization.  We’re able to obtain an exemption from sales tax by providing work training to a group of clients of Goodwill Industries.   These wonderful people work with us every week to help prepare our clothing donations to go out on the racks in the store. This improves their work skills and self-esteem, and we’re able to save our customers the sales tax.  It’s a win-win for everyone – and makes our thrift shop even more of a bargain for our customers!