WHAT WE’RE THANKFUL FOR

As Thanksgiving approaches, here’s the Assistance League of Irvine version of that holiday tradition where you go around the table and everyone names one thing they’re thankful for:

  • We’re thankful for the chance to live in Irvine, a safe and beautiful city in the best country in the world.
  • We’re thankful that we have the resources – time, health, and opportunity – to give back to our community.
  • We’re thankful for those who donate to our thrift shop. You care enough to make the trip over to our shop with the clothes and household items you no longer need, instead of tossing them in the dumpster.
  • We’re thankful for those of you who donate cash or personal services to us – these make a huge difference in our ability to fund our philanthropies.
  • We’re thankful for the teachers, school counselors, and school nurses who help direct families to our Operation School Bell and Scholarship programs.
  • We’re thankful for the help of Target North in the Irvine Marketplace, our partner store where our OSB clients shop for school clothing.
  • We’re thankful for the Irvine Unified School District art specialists and the student artists who make up our annual “Young Masters” exhibitors at City Hall each spring – so much talent in one city!
  • We’re thankful for our Assisteens, who are devoting time in middle school and high school to helping others, through a variety of activities.
  • And we’re thankful for all of you thrift shop customers (and blog readers!) – you’re our partners in this whole endeavor.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Assistance League of Irvine!

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Share Irvine’s secret treasures with your holiday guests.

By Marta Mahoney, Assistance League of Irvine Member

This past month I’ve had two friends visiting me, one from Hawaii and one from New York City, I took both of them to the thrift shop. Both of them told me (I have to brag a little) that if they lived in Irvine, they’d be visiting the shop all the time!

As we get into the holiday season, many of us will be hosting out-of-town guests. You’re going to show them Hollywood, Disneyland, the beach . . . and then you’ll run out of ways to entertain them.

Take them to the thrift shop! They’ll see local color (real Irvine volunteers at work) and feel they’ve discovered a secret treasure in the heart of Irvine. And you’ll solve some of the most common problems you face with company:

  • The weather gets hot. Or the weather gets cold. Whichever it is, your guests will have brought outfits for the opposite temperature. Take them to the thrift shop to find something that will work while they’re here. (At our prices, they can donate it back if they don’t want to take it home.)
  • Your guests are children, and they’re bored with all the toys they brought with them. Try the thrift shop for toys, games, and puzzles.
  • Your guests forgot that they were invited to dinner at your uncle’s house, and they need a hostess present.
  • Your guests have so many souvenirs they need another suitcase. Or a backpack. Or even a big purse. We have them all!

When you bring your guests to the thrift shop, it’s also a way to remember that the holiday season – no matter which holidays you celebrate – is about more than shopping. All the money we earn in the shop goes to help families in need right here in Irvine. What better way for your guests to forge a connection with Irvine than by giving back to our community by supporting our shop?

(And if you suddenly realize you need to clean out a bedroom to make room for those guests, we’re here to take your donations during any hours the shop is open.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support our book drive.

“There is more treasure in books, than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney

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Nothing opens the world to a child like books and the love of reading.  Studies have shown that having books in the home plays an enormous part in school success.  At Assistance League of Irvine, we’re all about making sure kids have a level playing field for success in school – and that includes books of their own.

We give each Operation School Bell student an age-appropriate book of their choice, plus a dictionary for each family.  And where do these books come from? From YOU, our generous donors and thrift shop patrons!

Each year we hold an annual Book Drive to collect new and gently-used books for these students.   The Irvine year-round schools start up in August, so our Book Drive is starting RIGHT NOW!

We supported over 800 students last year through Operation School Bell – so as you can see, we need LOTS of books! We’re particularly looking for books on the middle school or high school required reading lists.  You can drop off your book drive donations at the thrift shop during any time than we are open.

Help us encourage the love of reading in this new generation through our book drive.  And many, many thanks to ALL OF YOU who make it happen!

JUNE IS BUSTIN’ OUT ALL OVER

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By Marta Mahoney

To quote James Russell Lowell:

“And what is so rare as a day in June?

Then, if ever, come perfect days . . . “

Now, he didn’t write, “Perfect SHOPPING days,” but that’s what we have at the ALI thrift shop in June. We’ve COMPLETELY re-stocked the store with summer merchandise. Summer tops and pants for women, Hawaiian shirts for men, bathing suits and cover-ups, board shorts, regular shorts. Summer pool and barbecue accessories. Fun jewelry to go with all your summer outfits. Beach books for vacation reading.

Come in and check out our housewares, kids’ clothing, toys, and home decor. And don’t forget our home office/tech area if you’re trying to organize paperwork at the end of the school year.

We can’t really say that everything in the shop is new, because it’s “gently used.”   But it’s all NEW TO YOU in June. Time for some perfect shopping days!

DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas from the heart and not your wallet.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

Happy Mother’s Day to our beautiful moms out there. Here are some gift ideas inspiration from the heart ❤

 

Click here for even more Mother's Day Inspiration. All photos by PINTEREST

Tuesday, April 21st is the iheartoc Giving Day! Will you join us?

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Help us join with other nonprofits to raise $2MM for charity in 30 hours on the “iheartoc Giving Day!”   Your online credit card donation of $25 or more will help us earn bonus funds and prizes to support our community programs. Starting at 6 am on Tuesday, April 21 through noon on Wednesday, April 22, you can donate to Assistance League of Irvine.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

This event is sponsored by the Orange County Community Foundation, an organization founded 25 years ago to provide grants and support to local non-profits.

We know our blog readers support us by shopping at our Thrift Store. If you’ve thought about contributing further to our programs but weren’t sure how to go about it, this is your opportunity. All the funds we raise will go right back into our own community here in Irvine, and we’ll make the most of every dollar!

(And once the 30 hours of online giving are over, be sure to stop by our Thrift Shop to check out our new spring merchandise!)

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