Assistance League of San Mateo County Volunteers hard at work fitting school children for new clothes.

Operation School Bell® is a program of Assistance League of San Mateo County, started in 1953.  The program provides new school clothing to disadvantaged children in grades K-7.  Each child  receives two complete outfits, pants or skorts, tops (uniforms where applicable), plus three pairs of socks and underwear and a sweatshirt.  A personal hygiene kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and a comb is also provided. Located on the second floor of our chapter house at 528 N. San Mateo Drive in San Mateo, a room is arranged like a small shop where children may select the items they want and try them on in the dressing rooms. Member volunteers are responsible for the purchasing and stocking, and assist the children in choosing their clothing.

Last year we helped clothe over 2000 children in San Mateo County. Clothing expenses were $78,600. We contract with school districts in San Mateo-Foster City, Burlingame, Redwood City, East Palo Alto,  Ravenswood, Belmont, San Bruno, and Millbrae.  Our goal is to improve the health, self-esteem and school attendance of these children so that they may achieve in school to the best of their ability.

The bulk of our financing comes from TURNSTYLE, Assistance League’ s resale shop at 60 North B Street in San Mateo. We welcome all who join with us in supporting this worthwhile program.  All expenses and overhead for running the program and maintaining the facility are assumed by Assistance League of San Mateo County, and all contributions received go directly toward the purchase of new clothing for the children. While Turnstyle is closed due to the pandemic, please consider a monetary donation to help us help those in increased need.

For further information please contact sharon.debiagio@yahoo.com

2015 Operation School Bell Award to Old Navy, San Bruno, CA