How many times in the past week has someone said to you, “I can’t believe it’s already FEBRUARY!” For a short month, February has a lot of special occasions: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Chinese New Year, Vietnamese New Year, Mardi Gras, Super Bowl Sunday, the Grammy Awards, and the Oscars.
It’s also American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association website has lots of great ideas on how to keep your heart strong and healthy.
Along with tips on diet and exercise, the website says that one way to develop a healthier lifestyle is to “Practice giving back. Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.”
When you shop at our thrift store, that’s exactly what you’re doing. You’re giving back to your community and helping other Irvine families. The money we earn at the shop supports our philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell (clothing and school supplies for needy students in Irvine schools), the annual Young Masters children’s art show at City Hall, and needs-based scholarships at Irvine Valley College for graduating high-school seniors and returning adult students.
So when you come into the shop to look for cards and gifts for all those February holidays, remember – you’re also helping your heart!