Clothing Children in Need (K-6)
Throughout Ada County Public Schools

Since opening in 1990, Operation School Bell has clothed over 68,000 elementary students!!

Children who go to school without adequate clothing often suffer low self-esteem.  Students (K-6 grades) are identified by Ada County public school personnel and brought to Operation School Bell by bus.

Students “go shopping” for brand NEW clothing and are outfitted from head to toe with the assistance of one of our caring member volunteers.

Each Child Receives:

  • two pairs of jeans or sweat pants
  • a winter coat
  • a sweatshirt
  • two tee shirts
  • six pairs of underwear
  • six pairs of socks
  • a personal care kit containing toiletries
  • a pair of shoes
  • a book of their choice
  • gloves and hats are also provided when available

During the 2020-2021 school year, 2,762 elementary school students participated in Operation School Bell.  The program provided each child with a huge bag of new clothes and a renewed sense of confidence.

Here are a few thank you notes from children …

Handmade thank you card from student who attended Operation School Bell
Handmade thank you card from student who attended Operation School Bell
Handmade thank you card from student who attended Operation School Bell
Handmade thank you card from student who attended Operation School Bell

Our Members Volunteered Over 5,000 Hours for Operation School Bell Last Year!

They love to help the children “shop”, but also purchase the clothing, tag each one to track inventory, restock the shelves every day and even knit winter hats for the children!  The pictures below show our volunteers getting ready for this fall on their “Wednesday Workdays”.

Members tagging clothing in preparation for Operation School Bell
Members tagging sweatshirts for Operation School Bell
Members tagging sweatshirts for Operation School Bell
Members tagging t-shirts for Operation School Bell

Become a Part of this Special Program

  • Monetary donations are always appreciated!
  • Donations of new mittens, hats, scarves and books are always needed and welcome.  A tax receipt will be provided.

Thank You

Assistance League of Boise would like to thank the following grantors and businesses for their support of Operation School Bell:

The Julius C Jeker Foundation
IPA Foundation logo
Idaho Community Foundation logo
Nagel Foundation logo
Sunwest Bank Charitable Foundation logo
The Whittenberger Foundation logo
The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation logo
IDACORP logo

Operation School Bell Information For Schools

View 2021 Operation School Bell School Calendar – coming soon
Access School Submission Tool

Contact Us

osb@alboise.org
(208) 377-4327, ext. 101