Operation School Bell®
Since 1979, the core philanthropic effort of Assistance League of Greater San Diego has been Operation School Bell, a national effort to provide clothing and support to children in grades kindergarten through grade six. Children in need are referred by school personnel based on eligibility for free/reduced-price school lunches and whose need for appropriate shoes and clothing interferes with their success in school.
Children who need school uniforms travel with their parents or school staff to our Assistance League facility where they are greeted by member volunteers who outfit each one with two full uniforms including navy blue pants, shorts, skorts, or jumpers; white or light blue polo shirts; a hooded jacket; and underwear and socks in addition to a hygiene kit, a packet of school supplies, and a new book.
Operation School Bell funds can also be used to supply regular school clothes and needed shoes at neighborhood Target and Payless Shoe Stores. Our volunteers assist in the stores while families pick out clothing for their child. The cost to fully outfit one child is $100.00.
Resources needed to fund Operation School Bell at its current level come primarily from the proceeds of the Assistance League Thrift Shop, supportive community partners including Price Family Charitable Fund, Mission Bay Women’s Club, BookStar in Point Loma, and our auxiliary, Women In Business Assisting the Community (WIBAC).