Building Confidence

Celebrating 2022 – 30 Years of Operation School Bell at the Lake Washington School District 

To support this milestone 30th anniversary, please consider a donation for our campaign to raise funds for the 2024-2025 program HERE


Financial hardship can affect any family. We help students in need right here in our community by offering vouchers for shopping at their local Fred Meyer stores. These students are pre-selected by personnel from the Bellevue, Lake Washington, and Northshore School Districts. Our funds let these kids and their families shop for new clothes/shoes, books, school supplies, medications and groceries.

Operation School Bell provides far more than just what they purchase. It allows school children to fit in better with their peers and empowers them to reach their potential to learn with the appropriate resources, be healthy and have food on the table. It is our belief that all these items will contribute to a child’s self-esteem and a successful school experience.

For some children, this will be the first time they have had a new pair of shoes, a warm coat, or a book of their very own.  Now, they truly feel like they fit in with the other kids.

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Learn how Operation School Bell provides more than just new clothing.



Students Served


Participating School Districts 


Each Student Received


“I don’t get new clothes very often and when I do I feel awesome!”
– Operation School Bell Recipient

“I cannot tell you how proud our students are to come back to school after they get to go shopping. They are so excited to show us what they got and they wear it with such happiness and pride.”
-School guidance counselor

Clothe a kid today


Help us help kids


In 2021, Operation School Bell provided gift cards to Fred Meyer, rather than in-store shopping events. Volunteers provided safe drive-up service in 2020!


We appreciate our dedicated community volunteers that have knitted or crocheted hats and scarves. Students love choosing a handmade item made expressly for them. We are not currently soliciting donations of woven goods as we are fully stocked right now.

Your donation of money or talent helps put a smile on a child’s face.  Please keep in mind that we accept gifts of appreciated stocks, Qualified Charitable Donations (QCDs) and from donor-advised funds (DAFs) – contact Treasurer@aleastside.org to use these options; otherwise … click here to DONATE


School Districts

We appreciate the strong partnerships we have with school districts on the Eastside, whose personnel identify the most vulnerable children in our community:

Bellevue School District
Lake Washington School District
Northshore School District


The extraordinary support from the local managers at the Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish Fred Meyer stores helps us achieve shopping for school clothes, shoes, books, school supplies, groceries and medications.  Together, we are making a difference in the lives of thousands of children.


Grants are an important source of funding for our programs. We appreciate the grants from the following organizations that have been specifically targeted to support Operation School Bell:

The Anderson Foundation

Bellevue City Grant

Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop

Fred & Gretel Biel Charitable Foundation

Holy Family Parish

Kawabe Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Foundation

The Daniel V. and Ida J. McEachern
Charitable Trust

The Norcliffe Foundation

Redmond City Grant

Redmond Rotary Foundation

Rotary Club of Bellevue

Sammamish City Grant

Washington Federal Foundation

Wells Fargo

Catherine Holmes Wilkins Foundation

Windermere Foundation

Wockner Foundation

In uplifting others, we all rise.