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Assistance League in the Community
Make a New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep: Declutter and Donate
Donating used items is one New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep; declutters your home; has a positive impact on the planet and can benefit Assistance League, a philanthropic organization with a nationwide chain of high quality thrift shops.
Whether you have clothes you no longer wear, a prized lamp or an old set of dishes, you can feel good about donating to an Assistance League thrift shop. The shops represent a significant percentage of the revenue raised by local Assistance League chapters to support programs, primarily focused on children in need.
Assistance League’s signature program, Operation School Bell®, helps children succeed in school by providing new clothing; health and food assistance; and literacy, cultural and higher educational enrichment. Other programs serve the needs of adults and families, so every dollar generated in an Assistance League thrift shop, either through donations or sales, counts in a big way.
Nearly all Assistance League thrift shops are fully staffed by member volunteers dedicated to providing quality items for resale by cultivating a consistent and considerate donor base. Stop in to see the wide variety of well-displayed, top-notch merchandise, which has earned Assistance League kudos from “thrifters” around the country. A map of nationwide locations, along with hours, can be found above by clicking Find A Chapter or Thrift Shop.
Thrift shops are one of the fastest growing segments of the retail industry. Nationally, thrift shops represent $17 billion per year in revenue. That’s a lot of lower cost items sold to eager bargain hunters, giving credence to the old saying that one person’s discards are another person’s treasures.
So try on an outfit once – try it on twice and, if you don’t feel good about wearing it, donate it. You’ll be glad you did!
Assistance League in the Community
Operation School Bell®
Can you imagine never having a new pair of shoes, only attending school half of the time as you must share your clothes with a sibling or an entire family sharing one toothbrush? This is happening to 50% of the children in our country. Operation School Bell, the national program of Assistance League, strives to meet the needs of children across our country. During the past year, over 331,000 children were reached by the 120 chapters. Since the program was started in 1958, over 4.3 million school-age children have been served.
Many chapters provide new school clothing, shoes and coats along with other items, including backpacks, books, school supplies and food for the weekend, in their programs. Another aspect of this program is to provide dental or vision care and personal care kits. The goals of providing children with these items are raising self-esteem, building confidence in the students and make a tremendous impact in their education. This program also reduces the teasing and bullying of these students.
Watching the children as they are given new shoes, shop for clothing for the first time or receiving a new backpack is as rewarding to the member as it is for the children. Whether the chapter provides vouchers, shops with the students in a local store or clothes them in their own facility, the members feel such a bonding with these students. Operation School Bell takes a huge amount of effort, dedication, funding and manpower, which is willingly given by the members.
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Assistance League of San Antonio
Do you have a “honey-do” list at your house? Well, so does Assistance League of San Antonio. Fortunately, the chapter also has a group of dedicated husbands who work hard at crossing chores off that list, always with good humor and a smile.
The gentlemen work the shift in the Thrift House during the regular meeting which frees members to attend. They occasionally work other shifts allowing members to attend fundraising events. There are some regulars – men who come weekly, even daily, and help in the receiving area. They check out the electronics, appliances and lamps to ensure they are in good working order before they are put into the Thrift House. They break down cardboard boxes and are the “dumpster monitors”. Recently, one very dedicated Honey-doer showed up daily during a Thrift House renovation and did whatever was asked of him – picking up the trash left by the homeless community, moving bookcases and furniture, taking fixtures apart, putting fixtures together, unhooking electronics and attending to the dumpster duties. Assistance League of San Antonio is indeed fortunate to have such dedicated Community Volunteers.
Pictured on the right, from left to right: Leonard Marshall, Wayne Wright, Javier Cerna, Bud Giffin
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