Testimonials

“Thank you very much for my daughter’s school uniforms.  I did not have the funds to purchase her new school uniforms and I did not worry.  She came home from school with a shopping bag with quality uniforms & accessories.  Thanks so much for your generous donation to a grateful family.”  TW, Atlanta

“My child has been coming to school every day now because she is not embarrassed about her clothes.  She feels good in her uniform and feels like she fit in.”

“Thank you so much for the uniforms purchased for my daughter at Princeton elementary. I am more than grateful.  It is hard enough being a single mother, but it is even more difficult having a special needs child as well as other children in the home. Any and all help is appreciated as it is not often received.”   C.C., Parent

 

“I have had multiple students, particularly homeless students residing in hotels, that only had 1-2 clothing outfits prior to receiving assistance from Operation School Bell. These families have often been uprooted from one living situation to the next and have been forced to leave belongings behind. The look on those children’s faces when they receive the clothes is priceless! I’ll never forget the responses when I delivered new clothes to a sibling set of 4…”We get to keep these?!” The things that most of us take for granted are truly cherished by those who have little. New, clean, clothes makes a huge impact on students on multiple levels (socially, emotionally, and even physically) and allows for them to focus on what’s most important at school- learning.”

Kim Roland, LCSW, School Social Worker

 

Clothing Students in Need

Operation School Bell® provides new clothing, uniforms, jackets, shoe vouchers, socks, underwear, and hygiene kits to thousands of students in need throughout greater Atlanta.

This national philanthropic program was founded in 1958 with humble beginnings as a clothes closet in a Los Angeles schoolroom after Ruth Ann Montgomery, then a teacher, discovered that members of one family were alternating their days in school because they had to share clothes and there were not enough to go around.

Since then the program has served nearly four million students in need nationwide. For the fiscal year ending May 31, 2017, Assistance League of Atlanta served more than 14,000 students in 235 Atlanta-area schools.   Over 76,000 items, including clothing, shoe vouchers and hygiene items, at a retail value of $1,601,564 were distributed.

Elementary and middle school students, in need of school clothing, are selected for Operation School Bell by school social workers, and Assistance League of Atlanta provides the requested clothing.  The items are either picked up by social workers or delivered to the school systems. For many students these are the first new school clothes they have ever worn.

The cost of a week’s elementary or middle school clothing ranges from $73 to $124.  This includes five polo shirts, two pairs of uniform pants, a six-pack of socks, a six-pack of underwear, a jacket, belt, personal hygiene kit, and shoe voucher. If the student is homeless or a fire victim, additional clothing is provided.

Click here for a heartwarming story, titled Two Tons of Warmth.

Members selecting clothing items for students.
Scarfs and gloves sorted and ready to go
Volunteers sort and tag new clothing items
Girls' shirts and pants in the Operation School Bell warehouse
School uniform shirts
Members covered up in underwear for students
Bags of clothing labeled and ready for pickup from school social workers

Assistance League of Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible.

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