Every school year, our flagship program Operation School Bell® provides brand-new clothing to 2,100+ students in need who are enrolled in grades K-5 in Seattle Public Schools and shelters. An Operation School Bell wardrobe includes:

Backpack  |  Warm coat  |  Two pairs of pants

Two shirts  |  Athletic shorts  |  Socks  |  Underwear

  $25 voucher to Payless Shoe Source  |  Hygiene kit  |  Books

We also offer options such as school uniforms, maxi skirts and leggings for girls from religiously observant families, and extended sizes so no child is turned away from Operation School Bell.

Operation School Bell is made possible by our dedicated volunteers and community partners, including:

Operation School Bell is more than a new wardrobe: These clothes have the power to elevate self-esteem, encourage better attendance, and improve academic performance. Operation School Bell empowers young students to reach their full potential by focusing on school, not their need for basic clothing. Since 1989, we have clothed 29,500+ economically disadvantaged and at-risk students in Seattle. In the 2016-2017 year, we clothed 2,346 students through Operation School Bell, a 126% increase over 2015!

Get involved with Operation School Bell by volunteering for a shift to clothe kids in need!
Learn more here.

Thank you to our grantors that support Operation School Bell!

Crockett Foundation
Fred and Gretel Biel Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Schrontz Family Foundation
Catherine Holmes Wilkins Charitable Trust
Dreyfus Foundation
Renaissance Charitable Foundation
D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust
Alfred & Tillie Shemanski Testamentary Trust
Kawabe Memorial Fund

Donate to Operation School Bell

Whether you prefer a recurring monthly contribution or a one-time donation, you are changing the life of a disadvantaged student in Seattle. Thank you!

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Operation School Bell Changes Lives in Seattle

“My name is Sherryl, and I am a family support worker in Seattle Public Schools. At this time I’m serving students/families in the southeast region of Seattle known as the Beacon Hill/Rainier Beach Area. Most of our caseload in these schools consists of kids who are part of the ever-growing homeless population. These are families in shelters, in transitional housing, living in cars, living in parks, public restrooms and living in Tent City, just to name a few places.

If it wasn’t for the Operation School Bell program, these children would not be able to attend school and definitely wouldn’t be doing so with the self-confidence that they need to be successful in spite of their living situation.

A family of seven came to me while they were all living in a van, and had just moved from the Tacoma area. This is a two-parent family with 5 children, ranging in age from middle school to kindergarten. They came hungry, wearing very dirty clothing, they had really bad hygiene and more even more issues. Operation School Bell clothed the children with clothing, coats, shoes and hygiene kits.

Thank Goodness for OSB, because one of the older children dropped her only shoe down the toilet at the McDonald’s restaurant while she was washing herself and getting dressed for school. That day she came to school with “NO” shoes on and the one shoe in her hand!

After meeting with me, their Family support Worker, and making an appointment with OSB to serve this family, there is absolutely no comparison to the smiles that appeared on the faces of both the parents and children, because getting new clothing and being able to go and purchase a new pair of shoes was something that none of those children has ever been able to do before.