Dressing Children in Need
in Orange Unified Schools

No child should have to go to school in the same clothes day after day that are too small, have holes or smell bad from repeated use. The clothing provided by Operation School Bell® is often the first new clothes these children have ever received.  Participating children acquire a sense of pride, belonging and confidence in themselves.  It is Assistance League of Orange’s hope that students who feel good about themselves are more successful in school.

Students (K-8th grade) are identified by Orange Unified School District counselors. Students who qualify for the free or reduced fee lunch program are eligible for clothing from Operation School Bell.  

Students who attend uniform schools come to Assistance League of Orange Chapter house where they select from a wide assortment of clothing for their needs.

Students attending non-uniform schools shop for new clothing and are outfitted from head to toe with the assistance of one of our caring member volunteers at one of our Community Partners stores in Orange.

Because of this program, Orange Unified School District reports that absences are reduced and children no longer have to feel ashamed of their appearance.

Each Child Receives:

  • four pairs of pants, shorts, skorts or jumpers
  • a  jacket / sweatshirt
  • three shirts
  • six pairs of underwear
  • eight pairs of socks
  • a hygiene kit containing personal care items
  • a backback filled with basic school supplies
  • a shoe voucher for a new pair of shoes – to be redeemed at Payless Shoes
  • one new book of their choice

During the 2015-2016 school year, 1,061 elementary and middle school students visited Operation School Bell.  The children left with a huge bag of new clothes, wide grins and a renewed sense of confidence.   At a special event, over 400 preschool children received new clothing.

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Our Members Volunteered Over 1,000 Hours for Operation School Bell Last Year!

Operation School Bell has been a program of the Assistance League of Orange since 1962. It has been providing new school clothing to elementary students in need for over 55 years.