Pasadena Auxiliary Extends Holiday
Assistance to Disadvantaged Students
Released on April 7, 2009
It was a one-time event. Boys Republic
Thrift Store in Altadena decided to give away its merchandise.
Shortly before Christmas, members of the Pasadena Auxiliary
opened their doors for a select group of lucky customers
students from Girls Republic and Monrovia Day
The majority of students admitted into
Boys Republic and Girls Republic programs come from
economically-challenged backgrounds. They are often
without the means to participate in Christmas giving.
So, Auxiliary members decided to help them enrich others'
lives. Students, many of whom volunteer at the Thrift
Store, were provided an opportunity to select a few
items as gifts for immediate family members.
Founded in 1911, the all-volunteer Pasadena
Auxiliary has developed a tradition of caring and service
for Boys Republic's students. Over the years, their
charitable activities generated much-needed funding
and considerable publicity for Boys Republic. Their
longest-running endeavor was dubbed "The World's
Largest Rummage Sale" by local media. From 1914-1986,
the twice-yearly sales attracted as many as 10,000 customers
to a single event.
Today, the Auxiliary brings the same care
and dedication to their charge. They hold an annual
Christmas party with gifts for every student. They provide
scholarship awards at annual award ceremonies. And they
continue to provide financial support for a wide range
of projects at Boys Republic and Girls Republic.
Since 1986, the Auxiliary has operated
the profitable Boys Republic Thrift Store in Altadena.
The store is a service to the students of Boys Republic
as well as to the local community. Local customers derive
significant benefit from the bargains they find. Net
proceeds of approximately $70,000 each year provide
vital support for the programs of Boys Republic and