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Throughout World War II and during the post-war era, the Assistance League evolved to meet the changing needs of the day. Blood drives that supported the Red Cross were organized, holiday gifts were prepared for soldiers overseas, a volunteer agency was sponsored and a Family Service Agency offering services for seniors opened its doors. Some auxiliaries were closed and new ones opened.   The Hilltoppers Auxiliary, that today supports the Foster Children’s Resource Center, was born as was the Mannequins Auxiliary, that produces fashion show fundraisers to support the League’s programs. In 1955, the Anne Banning Auxiliary began as a service organization for young women.

Hollywood’s film stars and production teams dined at the “Attic Tearoom of Hollywood.” The League’s Tea Room was housed in the attic of the League’s headquarters.  Film stars like Tallulah Bankhead, Norma Shearer, Mary Pickford, and Shirley Temple served as volunteer waitresses! Child star Shirley Temple also became a member of the Hollywood Thrifties, a group that supported the League’s Thrift Shop.



Sweetheart Day 1940-50's