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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The Irvine Gomi Pile

Back in the ’80s my cousin and her husband were stationed on a Navy base in Japan.  There they discovered the “gomi pile.”  The Japanese didn’t have thrift shops or secondhand stores where they could donate used items.  Instead, once a month they put anything they didn’t want any longer in the neighborhood “gomi,” or garbage, pile to be collected by the trash truck.  But this stuff was hardly garbage.  Houses and apartments had little storage space, so most of what went on the “gomi pile” was still in fantastic condition – the owners simply didn’t have room to keep it.  My cousin got a television, a china set, pottery, electronics – all retrieved from the gomi pile!

We don’t have a “gomi pile” in Irvine, but we have something much better – the ALI THRIFT SHOP.  You can donate your gently-used clothing, housewares, toys, and jewelry – and replace them with clothing, housewares, toys and jewelry from the sales floor that is NEW TO YOU.  And the shop is open Wednesday through Saturday – so you don’t have to wait for the once-a-month collection.   Come in and see what you find!