Operation School Bell®

Building Confidence

Operation School Bell provides brand new clothing and shoes to disadvantaged elementary school age children throughout Ada County.  The program provides far more than just a new wardrobe.  It allows students to fit in better with their peers and empowers them to reach their potential.

For some children, this will be the first time they have had a new pair of shoes, a warm coat, or a toothbrush of their very own.  New clothing has the potential to boost self-esteem, encourage school attendance, and improve academic performance.

Please contact the counselor of the school your student attends and they can determine your eligibility for the program.

2022-23 Program Review


Children Clothed


Schools Served


Thousand Dollars Spent

Making A Difference

Elementary school age children 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.

“My kids are so grateful. When they wear their new clothes, their faces light up. They proudly show off their new clothes to their teacher and classmates. They are more confident in their new clothes.”
— Heidi, Counselor

Each Child Receives
  • two pairs of 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
  • winter gloves and hat

Better Together

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
The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation logo
Nagel Foundation logo

Contact Us

(208) 377-4327, ext. 6

In-Kind Donations

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