Welcome to April!

April is a GREAT month at the ALI thrift shop! It’s the perfect time to give your wardrobe and your home a new look for spring.  Put your wool coat, your umbrella, and the giant pot that you cook beef stew in away for the year.  Head down to the thrift shop to change them out for lightweight tops and sweaters in spring pastels, pots for your garden, and a new salad bowl

April is a great month all the way around.  We can’t really say “April showers bring May flowers,” because enough rain to bring flowers is, shall we say, unlikely, but we have plenty of flowers and native plants that bloom April.  There are a couple of noteworthy days on the calendar later in the month:  Earth Day is April 22nd, and Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 25th.  Lots of events in American history took place in April, too (most likely because the roads were a mess during the winter):

  • The Revolutionary War began on April 19,1775
  • George Washington was sworn in as our first President on April 30, 1789
  • The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 and ended on April 9, 1865
  • Congress ordered the words “In God We Trust” added to all our coins on April 22, 1864

Now that you can impress your friends with your knowledge of April trivia, stop in at the thrift shop and pick out something ELSE to impress them with.  Remember, you need to shop quickly – because if it’s here in April, it probably WON’T be here in May.

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Brighten up Day Light Savings!

by Marta Mahoney, Volunteer at Assistance League of Irvine

We’ve been on Daylight Savings Time for about a week now, and I STILL can’t adjust. Waking up in the dark isn’t that bad. It’s that extra hour of daylight in the evening. Instead of watching the news on TV at 6 pm with a blanket wrapped around me, I’m looking around the house thinking, “What are all these things? I never noticed that (chair, book, plant)!” Obviously, seeing things in the daylight is a lot different.

This is just how you’ll feel if you come to the ALI thrift shop on Wednesday mornings! You’ll be saying to yourself, “I’ve never seen that before! I KNOW that wasn’t here last week!” And you’d be right! But in the case of the thrift shop, it’s not Daylight Savings Time – it’s our weekly Wednesday morning opening. We spend Monday and Tuesday re-stocking the shop with new merchandise. So when we open on Wednesday, you’ll be saying, “I didn’t see that before! That’s so cute!”

We have many loyal repeat customers, who show up every Wednesday at 10 am, to be first in line to look at our latest bargains. Even if you can’t make it on Wednesdays, join us on our other open days (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Friday 10 am to 5:30 pm) to discover what’s new. And now that it’s Daylight Savings Time, you’ll have extra hours of daylight to enjoy your finds!

ALI honored to receive $2,000 donation!

Assistance League of Irvine is honored to be the recipient of a Honda Corporation “Helpful After the Holidays” donation of $2,000 to help clothe Irvine’s children in need. The funds were used to purchase school clothing and supplies through AL Irvine’s Operation School Bell® program, which will serve nearly 800 income-qualified students this academic year.

Four Helpful Honda representatives joined AL Irvine volunteers Feb. 3 at Target North in Irvine for an Operation School Bell shopping event. Students, accompanied by their parents, selected school-appropriate clothing, shoes and a jacket. Students also received a backpack and a hygiene kit prepared by AL Irvine’s teen auxiliary, Assisteens.

“We were absolutely thrilled to receive the donation,” said Jill Housky, AL Irvine president. “Purchasing school clothing, including shoes and a jacket, averages $100 per child. The Honda donation will allow us to clothe even more students from low- and extremely-low income families living in Irvine.”

To learn more about our programs, please visit www.assistanceleague.org/irvine