Want to do a little Christmas shopping and be as frugal about it as old Scrooge?
Well, you might try the Thrift Shop run by the Assistance League of Salt Lake. The shop, located at 2060 E. 33rd South, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. It is operated by group members, and proceeds from the sales of new and used merchandise go to support the many philanthropic community projects in which the organization is involved.In charge of the Thrift Shop is Diane Bruno. She is assisted by Pat Panos, Sheilah Jones and Connie Cowan.
Members of the Assistance League of Salt Lake are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year.
Eighty-four women were involved with the initial organization of the group in the city in December 1973. In 1977, the local branch became the 61st chapter of the National Assistance League.
Assistance League is a nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization that gives community service and is active in a variety of charitable causes. One of the first projects of the group was Book Bank. Begun in 1974, it provides pleasure reading books to elementary school children. The books are selected to stimulate the ability to communicate and encourage interest in reading.
Blood pressure screenings began in 1975. Chapter members are professionally trained and certified by the Utah State Board of Health to measure blood pressure, and clinics are presently being conducted on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May at the ZCMI Center downtown.
Operation School Bell was started locally in 1976. This major league philanthropic project helps to clothe over 500 needy children a year. Children are given attractive new clothing with the hope that being dressed in a similar way to their peers will build confidence and self-esteem.
Assistance League's newest developing project was begun in 1987. Senior Citizen Specialty Service's goal is to meet numerous individual needs of older individuals and enhance the quality of life for seniors in specific nursing homes in the area. Through the program, league members provide entertainment at nursing homes and offer friendship to selected nursing home residents.
Funds to support these philanthropic endeavors are raised through the Thrift Shop and a variety of benefit events held during the year.
The Assistance League of Salt Lake also is selling a cookbook to provide additional funding for its community work. The cookbook, "Celebrations," is available at many local book and specialty stores and the consignment section of the Thrift Shop.
Past-presidents of the Salt Lake League are Katie L. Dixon, Aline Skaggs, Donna Kastler, Marcia Price, Ruth Bischoff, Faye Johnson, Robin Nelson, Evelyn Richards, Anita Bader, Helen Diumenti, Alene Schade, Mary Calame, Jean Wong and Kay Cash.
Emily Haffner is this year's president.
Along with other group members, Haffner helped to plan a Christmas luncheon held recently at Fort Douglas Country Club. The luncheon commemorated the founding of the local chapter, and an oral and pictorial history of the group's activities was presented.