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The Season of Giving Is Upon Us

December is a major month for fundraising.  In fact, over 30% of annual donations occur between Thanksgiving and the new year with the majority of those gifts occurring in the final three days of the year.  And why is December such a popular month for giving?  Many would say it is because of the tax benefits, which are definitely a factor.  But we believe it is because the holidays bring out the giver in all of us.

The holidays are the season of giving; giving love and giving thanks.  The holidays are also about faith, showing appreciation, and helping those in need.  Assistance League chapters provide help to those in need throughout the year, but many get the special pleasure of spreading a little extra holiday cheer to children in their community.

It only takes a moment to look into a child’s eyes and see the joy the season brings.  We all have childhood memories of wishing and hoping for that one special present.  This holiday season Assistance League of Orange will be making those wishes come true for over 100 children in need.  The giving of gifts might seem small, but making wishes come true has a lifelong impact.

This season of giving is also about how a gift can impact children throughout the year.  Assistance League of Fullerton holds an annual fundraiser, “Sock It to ‘Em,” during the holiday season to raise funds for Operational School Bell®. The success of this event has allowed them to increase the number of children they clothe through the program to include over 1,450 students from 30 elementary and middle schools in their area.

How can you make a difference this season of giving?  How can your gift change lives?  A gift to an Assistance League chapter can impact the lives of many.

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Assisteens® Spotlight


Assisteens is the youth auxiliary of Assistance League chapters.  Assisteens provides volunteer opportunities for young people in grades 7 through 12.  The goals are to develop a sense of community responsibility, self-reliance, personal responsibility, poise, public speaking, leadership skills and to support the chapter.  Assisteens raise money in a variety of ways to fund ongoing Assistance League and Assisteens philanthropic programs that benefit their community.

Assistance League was founded in 1919 by Anne (Mrs. Hancock) Banning and her friends, based on an informal charity in Los Angeles started in about 1894.  In the 1890s, social events raised money for local charitable giving. Assistance League, with Anne Banning and Ada Edwards (Mrs. Homer II) Laughlin and friends, provided money and clothing for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire victims.  When the war started in Europe in 1914, Anne and her friends worked for the Red Cross and, in 1917, set up the Red Cross Shop that raised $150,000 in one year.  After the war ended in 1918, the ladies wanted to continue working together, helping people in need.

In 1919, Assistance League was formally organized, with Good Samaritan providing aid to returning veterans and their families and the Film Location Bureau raising the needed funds by renting private properties to movie companies.  Founding members were prominent women of Los Angeles of all faiths and political views.  In 1923, Assistance League moved to DeLongpre Avenue in Hollywood where the campus of Founder Chapter (Assistance League of Southern California) remains today. The motto was “All For Service and Service For All.”  Anne Banning felt that women worked best in like-minded groups, so auxiliaries were formed.  Day Nursery was added in 1924, followed by Girls’ Club, Theatre for Children, Toy Loan and Boys’ Club. Junior Auxiliary was formed in 1929 for post-college-aged young women.

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