“Are you ready to go shopping, Sophia?” When an Assistance League member volunteer invited her to step into the Operation School Bell clothing center, the 3rd grader was nervous but all smiles. Surrounded by racks of colorful winter coats and stacks of jeans and tops, the volunteer, Jane asked, “What size?” Read more
Imagine a child who has to attend school with no underwear or socks, who owns only one set of clothes, who goes to school without a jacket and wears sandals in the middle of winter.
The stress and embarrassment of not having the “right clothes” can negatively affect that child’s self esteem and impact their ability to learn. Teachers and counselors tell us they know when children have received our services because they stand taller. They look like everyone else.
How we help
Operation School Bell started in 1998. We serve children in these public school districts:
We have given brand new clothes
to over 23,000 students in need.
Read more stories below
Liam's Story - Hillsboro Elementary Schools
“Show me your new school clothes. You look great!” the school counselor exclaimed and seven year old Liam beamed. Yesterday, a delivery of brightly colored bags of new clothing had arrived at the elementary school. Read more
A Teen Learns to Budget - For Middle and High School Students
Her shopping cart filled with sale items and holding a stack of coupons in her hand, she approached the price check table in Fred Meyer. Assistance League members were there with calculators ready to help students learn how to budget for a school wardrobe and provide. Read more
Growing Operation School Bell - Portland Public Schools
Operation School Bell program managers assessed the needs in Portland and found that economically disadvantaged children were in need of clothing. Assistance League was there to help but the program expansion would require a new delivery model. How could we best help?. Read more