No one wants to wear their poverty.
Operation School Bell provides far more than just a new wardrobe. It allows schoolchildren to fit in better with their peers and empowers them to reach their potential.
We provide new school clothes to kids in need.
For some children, this will be the first time they have had a new pair of shoes, a warm coat, or a toothbrush of their very own. Now, they truly feel like they fit in with the other kids.
Kids are given confidence to succeed.
New clothing has the potential to boost self-esteem, encourage school attendance, and improve academic performance.
Community and School Partners
Operation School Bell has been providing new school clothes to homeless and economically disadvantaged school children since 1967, serving nearly 45,000 children since its inception. Last year, these services were provided to approximately 1600 children from Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade and some college students.
Currently OSB serves nine Riverside County school districts: Alvord, Corona-Norco (added in 2020-21), Jurupa, Moreno Valley, Nuview, Perris Elementary, Perris High School, Riverside and Val Verde. The program also partners with California School for the Deaf, Guardian Scholars (aged out foster children at UCR), Sherman Indian Institute and students from the Inspire Life Skills programs at Riverside CC and UC Riverside.
The extraordinary support from JCPenney stores in Riverside and Moreno Valley, and Target in Corona, helps us provide students necessary clothing to help them be successful. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of children in Greater Riverside.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
“Now I have clean jeans to wear every day. Today I wore my new clothes. I feel handsome and proud of myself.”
– Student who participated in Operation School Bell
“My son can be comfortable knowing his pants fit and his feet won’t hurt. My daughter’s pants will cover her ankles and she won’t have to wear grandma’s clothes.”
– Mother of children dressed in Operation School Bell