Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell provides new clothing, health supplies, books, and other essential items to local K-12 students in need, as well as uniforms to Kansas City Public Schools and Charter Schools.


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

2022 –  2023 Program Review


Students Served


Schools Served


Dollars Spent

4,579 K-12 students were served through Operation School Bell during the 2022-2023 school year, including:
    • Elementary – 2,662
    • Middle School – 678
    • High School – 168
    • Extended Calendar – 192
    • Uniforms – 879
More than 60,000 students in our community have been clothed over the 30-year history of Operation School Bell!
Thrift_young girl with shoes
Each Elementary Student Receives
    • three shirts
    • two pairs of pants
    • a warm top
    • winter gloves, hats, and scarf
    • six pairs of underwear
    • six pairs of socks
    • a pair of shoes
    • hygiene kit
    • a book of their choice
Each Middle and High School Student Receives a Target Voucher for $150 and Gets to Go Shopping for:
  • school clothes
  • shoes
  • hygiene items
  • professional clothing for internships
  • clothing for enrollment at Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies
  • clothing necessary for participation in band or choir

Notes of Appreciation

”It felt really cool and special” and “Thank you for the clothes. The clothes fit very well and I really like the red jacket I got.


“Attending Operation School Bell not only helps relieve some of the financial burden for our entire family, it gives my 7-year-old daughter a sense of independence to be allowed to choose what she likes to wear.”


“…this program has been helpful in boosting student confidence by decreasing the social issues related to wearing the right clothes.”



Operation School Bell provides a positive relational experience as well as a resource of new clothing which are factors that build resilience for students at risk.” – A local school counselor
Bringing bright smiles to students.

Better Together

Assistance League of Kansas City would like to thank the following for
their support of Operation School Bell
  • Accent Advertising
  • Bombas
  • Capitol Federal Foundation
  • Find Your Fabulosity
  • Harrah’s North Kansas City
  • Harry Wilson Loose Trust — Bank of America Trustee
  • Irven E. and NeVada P. Linscomb Foundation
  • McDonalds
  • QuikTrip
  • Oppenstein Brothers’ Foundation
  • Royals Charities
  • Target
  • The Edward G and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation
  • Walmart  Gladstone Super Center #1120

Operation School Bell Snapshots