Thrift Alley Boasts Section Expansion

The children’s section of Thrift Alley, 314 E. Harvard in Glendale, has expanded. From holiday treasures to everyday favorites, the children’s section at the Assistance League’s Thrift Alley has something for everyone.

All profits from Thrift Alley support the various philanthropies of the Assistance League-Glendale including Operation School Bell, the Authors and Illustrators program, and scholarships plus Ascencia baskets and senior luncheons. Another program is vocational training of adults from Tierra del Sol.

The Assistance League-Glendale enjoys a supportive relationship with adults of Tierra del Sol. The association with Tierra del Sol started in 2005 with member Suzanne Bangert and her son, David. The Tierra del Sol adults travel to Thrift Alley every Wednesday thru Friday to open with the store at 10 a.m. They learn retail skills, which benefit the League as well as them. Anne Wilson, a 25-year member of ALG, greets them every day with caring advice and guidance. 

Tierra del Sol is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Tierra del Sol Foundation was founded in Sunland in 1971 by eight families who refused to institutionalize their children because they were born with developmental disabilities. Through grants made possible from The Lawrence Welk Foundation and The Eddie Cantor Foundation, Tierra’s 7.5 acre Sunland campus was purchased from the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who remained with the organization as teachers until 1986, furthering its mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities lead a life of acceptance and value.

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For information about ALG, contact its current president, Carol Svatora, at (586) 202-8764 or visit the website