Thu12182014

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Assistance League book drive draws national attention

USA Weekend Magazine spotlights “Make A Difference Day: A National Day of Doing Good” each fall to encourage volunteers to unite to improve the lives of others in their communities. The magazine named the National Assistance League among 10 nonprofit organizations honored for their efforts in support of the 2012 campaign.

The Assistance League’s collection of more than 100,000 books in a nationwide drive earned the magazine’s recognition in an April article highlighting the contributions of the 10 honorees. The nonprofit organization received $10,000 from Newman’s Own, which has the motto “All Profits to Charity.”

The Los Altos chapter of the National Assistance League participated in the drive, collecting nearly 400 children’s books to donate to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The Assistance League Costume Bank and Linden Tree Books in downtown Los Altos served as drop-off locations.

This was the first time the Los Altos chapter sponsored the book drive, according to Dianne Chambliss, Los Altos resident and organizer. She said the organization would support the drive again this fall and make it “bigger and better.”

“The experience was very rewarding for all the participants,” she said. “We’re just happy to make children happy.”

For more information, visit www.assistanceleague.org.

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