Hope, joy abounds for Assistance League recipients and volunteers who help them

(Photo Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

PLEASANT HILL — Little Blake Langmade flashed his wide, baby-toothed smile to a visitor, turned his head and pointed at the white T-shirt in his mother’s shopping cart, the one with a black-lined, cartoon outline of an astronaut on the front. Then he turned around and smiled again.

“You like it?” his mother, Lynn, asked.

“I like it!” Blake responded with 5 1/2-year-old enthusiasm. “But why is the astronaut mopping?”

With that, he grinned again and giggled. So did everybody around him, including his twin brother, Jade.

Such joyful moments embody the mission that the Assistance League of Diablo Valley has been carrying out for more than half a century. The local branch of the national nonprofit organization helps to put clothes on children, food on the table of families and money for education in the hands of students.

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