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March 8, 2011 > Donation Drive at the ACS Discovery Shop in Fremont

Donation Drive at the ACS Discovery Shop in Fremont

Submitted By Carol Weaver-Madsen

Did you know that the American Cancer Society owns and operates the Discovery Shop in Fremont? Tri-City community members donate new and gently used women's and men's clothing and accessories, as well as household items, and donors receive a receipt for their tax deductible donation to the American Cancer Society.

Merchandise is sorted and priced by over 120 dedicated, local volunteers, who have created a shop that has the feel of a unique, high-end boutique. Many other thrift shops are operated by private companies who only buy the merchandise from the charities that collect it from the public. But because the Discovery Shops are staffed by volunteers, which keeps operating costs to a minimum, and because the Discovery Shops are owned and operated by the American Cancer Society, a much larger percentage of what is donated actually results in dollars that fund important cancer research to find cures and treatments, as well as programs and services that alleviate the suffering of cancer patients.

You may think that when other cancer charities call you or send fliers saying that their truck will be on your street that you will be donating to the American Cancer Society. But please look for the American Cancer Society name and logo - because many of these other charities don't have the solid history and reputation that the American Cancer Society has. Most people don't realize that donating to "The Cancer Federation" is not the same thing as donating to the "American Cancer Society."

The American Cancer Society is working to create a world with more birthdays - more birthdays for cancer patients, and more birthdays for their family members. You can help! Please consider donating your new or gently used clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac, furniture, books, jewelry, antiques, etc. to your local Discovery Shop.

Please bring your donations to the shop, located at 40733 Chapel Way, in the Irvington district of Fremont. You can call the Discovery Shop at 510.252.1540. The Discovery Shop is open 7-days a week: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, and Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm.

The Discovery Shop motto is "Shop::Donate::Volunteer." Why not consider volunteering for one 4-hour shift per week? You'll find many new friends, and you'll be making a difference in the fight against cancer. Many Discovery Shop volunteers began first as donors, then became customers after visiting a Discovery Shop and discovering a boutique-like shop full of treasures, and after that became volunteers!

Cleaning out your closet, or donating some of the things you no longer use or wear, will help the American Cancer Society to help others in our community. Make a difference! Shop::Donate::Volunteer at your local American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Fremont.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
40733 Chapel Way, Fremont
(510) 252-1540

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