Chaves County – Assistance League prepares for increase in school needs

With the pending reopening of schools on the hybrid model, Assistance League of Chaves County anticipates an increase in referrals from area schools that have children in need of new clothes appropriate for their classrooms. Operation School Bell has remained well stocked with new clothing, hygiene kits, shoe vouchers, socks, underwear and books for children in grades kindergarten through eighth since the 2020 school year began virtually in August.

According to a press release from the organization, Assistance League appreciates the generous support of many benefactors.

“Financial donors, contributors of items to resell at our Assistance League Thrift Shop, and school personnel referring families in need of our services all help us provide for children in need prepare to succeed in school,” Jean Maley, of the Assistance League of Chaves County, said in an email.

“All students referred to us receive all their items just as in the past,” she said. “But due to COVID-19 and the safety of not only our member volunteers but also our children we serve, we approach dressing a little differently this year. Through specially designed Fitter Forms, we attempt to dress children by assembling their items ahead of time and having the families come by the Assistance League chapter house simply to pick up their filled bags at appointed times.”

The Assisteens Governing Body, pictured, works with the Operation School Bell® Committee on a Saturday, handing out bags of clothes to families with appointments in front of the Assistance League chapter house.
Operation School Bell Chair Dianna Dosher, pictured, and her committee prepare individual bags of new items for drive-by pick up at the Assistance League of Chaves County chapter house.