Serving Children in Need
Operation School Bells Continues During COVID!!!
Children who go to school without adequate clothing often suffer low self-esteem. Students are identified by North Orange County public school personnel. In 2020 our Operation School Bell program was expanded to include clothing, books, food, health items and school supplies for children in the cities of Fullerton, Brea, Buena Park, La Habra, Placentia, and Yorba Linda.
During the 2021-2022 school year, we served 1,535 school students at 44 schools for a cost of more than $150,000. The children all left with a huge backpack or bag of new clothes, wide grins and a renewed sense of confidence. Thanks to the community’s generosity during our annual Sock It To ‘Em campaign, we plan to continue increasing our Operation School Bell outreach each year.
Students from uniform schools receive backpacks of brand NEW clothing and are outfitted from head to toe with the assistance of one of our caring member volunteers. Over 30 Non-uniform schools from elementary to high school will go shopping at Target during the 2021-2022 school year.
Thanks to the support of our Thrift Shop, the community’s generosity, and our grantors, we were able to expand our Operation School Bell program to junior high children and 4 new schools in 2017. In 2019-2020 this program was extended to high school students. We continue to coordinate with our area schools as we look for new opportunities to transform the lives of the children and adults in our community.
Each child at a uniform school receives:
- two pairs of jeans, leggings or uniform pants
- a winter jacket or heavy sweater
- four uniform shirts
- nine pairs of underwear
- nine pairs of socks
- two books of their choice
- a backpack
Our Members Love to Volunteer for Operation School Bell!
They love to help the children “shop”, but also purchase the clothing,track inventory, and restock the shelves for the children!