DOWNEY - Judith Faust has been elected as the 52nd president of the Assistance League of Downey, the organization has announced.Faust has been an active member of the Assistance League since 1982 and has held many offices, including terms as treasurer. She is affectionately known as "the Book Lady" in the Second Tyme Around Thrift Shoppe. Other officers for 2009-10 include Charlene McCluskey, first vice-president, membership; Jean Johnson, second vice-president, philanthropy; Judy Berg, third vice-president, ways and means; Willellyn McFarland, recording secretary; Karen Hoferer, corresponding secretary; and Jo Wilbur, treasurer. The Assistance League of Downey is one of the more than 120 chapters of Assistance League, a national nonprofit organization. Last year, 200 member volunteers, including the Gypsy Johnson and Assisteens auxiliaries, volunteered more than 17,000 hours and helped more than 10,000 people in the Downey area through its philanthropic programs. The organization's Operation School Bell program provided clothes and shoes to more than 350 children referred by DUSD, and $10,000 was awarded in scholarships. Kids on the Block performed educational puppet shows and skits in every Downey elementary school, and more than $14,000 in free dental care was provided. The Assistance League of Downey also distributed 100 teddy bears to the Downey police and fire departments to use at their discretion, and more than 2,000 wrapped Christmas gifts were distributed to nursing homes and other agencies. H.O.M.E. (Housing of Medical Emergencies), located near Rancho Los Amigos, provided housing to more than 250 patients' families this year. Programs are supported by the Second Tyme Around Thrift Shoppe located at 11026 Downey Ave. and the annual Christmas Tree Brunch, to be held this year Nov. 22 at the Long Beach Hilton. For information about membership, call the thrift shop at (562) 869-0232 and leave a message.
********** Published: August 21, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 18