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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SAVE THESE DATES FOR “I HEART OC GIVING DAY” – “THIRTY HOURS TO GIVE WHERE YOUR HEART LIVES”

 

 

Set your alarm for 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21. That’s the start of the Orange County Community Foundation’s “Day of Giving” for 2015. The Foundation’s goal is to raise $2MM in 30 hours (6 :00 a.m. on April 21 to noon on April 22) for local non-profits who are participating in this event. Assistance League of Irvine is proud to be one of the organizations in Orange County participating in this effort. If you’re not familiar with the OCCF, this foundation has been actively working in Orange County for the past 25 years and has awarded over $257MM to local charities to help meet the needs of our county.

ALI will not only have the benefit of your donations made to us in connection with the Day of Giving – we’ll be eligible for “bonus prizes” to be awarded by the Foundation! There are 78 available cash prizes in categories from how much money you raise as a percent of total donations, to the non-profit with the most “likes,” comments, or retweets on social media. Of course we’d LOVE to win one of these prizes!

How to donate? We’ll have a link to the “Day of Giving” website on our own website, Facebook page, and this blog starting April 13. All you’ll have to do is CLICK HERE – follow and watch for updates!

Please SHARE the news about “I Heart OC Giving Day” with your friends and neighbors. This is an event that impacts all of Orange County, not just Irvine. The more people who participate and donate during this 30 hours, the more everyone benefits. Spread the word, and open your heart and your wallet on April 21.

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