The Gifts that Keep on Giving

Have you ever wondered about the boxes that occasionally are piled up in the carport nearest to the garages at the back of the Wellness Center? Most of them will have on them the label, ACTS. Since we are such a Christian community you may think that these are all boxes of books about the Acts of the Apostles that someone has donated for our edification. But this is not the case.

Here ACTS has nothing to do with the title of a book of the Bible but very much with the message of the Bible.

The boxes in fact contain items that have been donated to our Monte Vista Grove Store but for various reasons after several sales have not sold. With the limited amount of storage space available to the Auxiliary, these items are boxed up and labeled, ACTS as they await pick-up from the ACTS Thrift Store, which is an agency of Lake Avenue Community Foundation with a store at 1311 N. Altadena Drive in Pasadena. Gifts that are given to our Monte Vista Grove Store keep on Giving even if they have not sold in our store after several sale dates as we share in the mission of the ACTS Thrift Store. On its website it states, “It may not be something you think about every day, but at ACTS Thrift we think about ourselves as a form of recycling for the community. You and the rest of our neighbors bring us well-loved clothes, home goods, toys, books and whatever it is you no longer need, and we provide those things back to people who need or want them for just a few bucks. And all of those dollars you spend go back to the community to organizations, partners and your local ACTS employees. It’s a virtuous circle of giving, buying and giving that helps everyone in Pasadena and the surrounding area.” When you see those ACTS boxes in the carport remember that your gift and all gifts to our Monte Vista Grove Store keep on Giving. Have you ever wondered about the boxes that occasionally are piled up in the carport nearest to the garages at the back of the Wellness Center? Most of them will have on them the label, ACTS. Since we are such a Christian community you may think that these are all boxes of books about the Acts of the Apostles that someone has donated for our edification. But this is not the case.

-- Huw Christopher