I'm writing to express appreciation for Publisher Gina Channell Allen's blog on the Discovery Shop on Nov. 1 and the excellent story that ran in the paper on Nov. 15, complete with photos. The Discovery Shop was opened by the American Cancer Society over 40 years ago to raise funds for cancer research, education and support through the sale of quality "gently used" donated merchandise.
Gina was acknowledging the dedication of 107 volunteers at Pleasanton's own Discovery Shop. With our manager of 18 years, Monda Wiseman, being called out of town on a personal situation that demanded her undivided attention, the shop's volunteers came together to prepare for one of our largest events of the year, when the furniture store transforms into a winter wonderland Holiday Shop. This single event, from Nov. 1 through the holiday season, could make or break our year's financial goal.
The morale boost your article gave us was contagious. Smiles and energy were restored. Volunteers took on extra hours and brought new friends to assist. Repeating customers and those who heard of our cause came marching through our doors, to buy and donate, and some even helped clean up. Most important, the rally was evident at the cash register as our store for the first time broke the far reaching annual goal, raising $600,000 in 2013. What an accomplishment!
Many thanks to the Pleasanton Weekly staff for knowing that community makes all the difference. The Discovery Shop is at Mission Plaza Shopping Center, 1987 Santa Rita Blvd. Suite L; telephone 462-7374.
A grateful volunteer,