Dressing Children in Need
In 2019-2020, Operation School Bell dressed over 1,583 students!!!
Children who go to school without adequate clothing often suffer low self-esteem. Students are identified by North Orange County public school personnel. Many schools send the children on a school bus. In 2020 our Operation School Bell program has been expanded to include clothing, books, food, health items and school supplies.
During the 2019-2020 school year, we served 1,583 school students at 43 schools for a cost of $150,566. The children all left with a huge backpack or bag of new clothes, wide grins and a renewed sense of confidence.
Students from uniform schools “go shopping” for brand NEW clothing in our attractive facilities 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.
During the 2016-17 school year, we were able to expand our program to junior high children and 4 new schools. Each year we continue to add new schools and additional Target Shopping days for non-uniform schools. In 2017-2018 we held 7 Target shopping events for 845 children. In 2019-2020 this program was extended to high school students.
Each child at a uniform school receives:
- two pairs of jeans, leggings or uniform pants
- a winter jacket or heavy sweater
- four tee shirts or 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!