By Tracy Klehn
This summer, after 32 years, Cobblestone Cottage will be closing its doors, but not until they perform one more act of love for families in the Santa Clarita Valley.
“When it became clear it was time to close our store, we realized that our decision not only affected us, it impacted our customers, employees, vendors, the many nonprofits that we support and the families that those nonprofits provide for,” Owner Kathy Allie explained. “Assistance League Santa Clarita has been the recipient of our customers’ favorite annual event – The Brighton Handbag Trade-In. When we realized the customers would no longer be able to bring their handbags in to donate to Assistance League, and that Assistance League would not be able to use the money raised from those handbags to help children in need, we really wanted to come up with one final way to be there for them. We also believe that our customers would want that same opportunity.”
Beginning May 1, the community will have the opportunity to own a unique “Cobblestone Cottage” mug for a $20 donation to Assistance League Santa Clarita’s signature program, Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell is focused on providing new school clothing and shoes to students in need and is a program that Assistance League Santa Clarita has participated in for the past 30 years.
This year, over 2,200 children in Santa Clarita Valley public schools in grades K-12 were clothed through the program. Operation School Bell has recently expanded to include an Arts Grants Program to support the arts in schools, along with Fostering Success, which supports students who have aged out of Foster Care and/or are homeless, and icare for kids, which provides students with eye exams and glasses.
Stop by Cobblestone Cottage, located at 24335 Magic Mountain Pkwy in Valencia to help them reach their goal of donating $4,000 towards Operation School Bell. In doing so, you will be able to bring a bit of that “Cottage” feeling home with you long after the doors close.
For more information about Assistance League Santa Clarita, visit www.assistanceleaguesantaclarita.org.