It was Christmas in August at Glendale’s Assistance League chapter house. On Friday (Aug. 3) the crowds were lined up many minutes before the 10 a.m. opening for the “Christmas and Much More” sale of holiday-themed ornaments, books, cards, jewelry, fabric, crafts, formal wear and furs. Assistance League volunteer Mary Margaret Smith manned the entrance as a genial greeter, but she was willing to lay down the law if more than 20 customers stormed the gates at the same time.
Those planning well in advance, and watching their pennies at the same time, wanted to be the first to grab that perfect wreath or Christmas tree ornament. And grab they did. Assistance League volunteers had to be on their toes to make sure decorum ruled. Rita Burns was in charge of the holding area of booty while customers continued to shop. Burns was afraid the bounty on hold wasn’t safe from busy fingers wanting more.