Dressing Children in Need
in Columbia Public Schools

Operation School Bell® provides new winter clothing and coats to children in pre-school through fifth grade in the Columbia Public Schools.The goal is to increase the self-esteem of the child and encourage regular school attendance. School personnel identify and refer children to this program. Since the program’s inception in 1997, tens of thousands of children have been served. Operation School Bell is currently the largest philanthropic program provided by Assistance League of Mid-Missouri.

Each child receives:

• two pairs of jeans, leggings, or pants
• a winter coat
• mittens
• a sweatshirt
• three shirts
• six pairs of underwear
• six pairs of socks
• a care kit containing personal hygiene items

During the 2018-19 school year, 1,587 elementary school students visited Operation School Bell. The children all left with a huge bag of new clothes, wide grins, and a renewed sense of confidence. We also provide funds to secondary schools for emergency clothing needs.

Listen to a KFRU interview about Operation School Bell