Operation School Bell, Assistance League’s oldest and largest philanthropic program, helps low income children and teens feel good about themselves. We provide new clothing, hygiene kits and, when needed, vouchers to purchase new shoes.
It Starts with the Schools
Assistance League has long-standing contracts with 14 school districts throughout Snohomish County. School staff refer students to the Operation School Bell program. If you are a parent or guardian of a child in need, please contact your child's school.
After the child is identified as a candidate for Operation School Bell, the school sends a permission form home for authorization to take the child to the Assistance League Operation School Bell facility. The school then arranges appointments and transportation.
Efficiencies Payoff at our Operation School Bell Facility
Thousands of children visit our Operation School Bell facility each school year. Every child is provided their own special time and a volunteer personal assistant that helps pick out a complete wardrobe of new clothes. They select three new outfits, a winter jacket, hat, gloves, hygiene kits, and one week’s supply of underwear and socks. Because we have been purchasing new school clothing for over 42 years and have established national resources, we have become very efficient in getting the most from our investment. A child’s wardrobe provided through our Operation School Bell center is purchased for a cost of $100 and valued at $250 retail.
Recognizing the special needs of high school students, Assistance League offers an alternative to coming to our facility, Operation School Bell Retail Teen Program.
High school students are invited to participate in a shopping opportunity at a local clothing store on a specified evening. Here, they can shop for school clothing and shoes, selecting from a wide variety of sizes and styles. Assistance League pays for the purchases (up to a specified amount) and volunteers are on site to lend a helping hand.
High school students interested in participating in this program should contact their school counselor.
Assistance League’s Assisteens® Auxiliary, made up of middle and high school students, participate in Operation School Bell with their philanthropic program, Tees for Teens. They conduct fundraising activities in order to purchase tees and tops for teens-in-need, which are distributed through Operation School Bell.
If you would like to help purchase children's clothing, click here for ways to donate.
High school students enjoy flexibility of shopping at local retail stores or at our Operation School Bell facility.
Teens from low income families especially face strong challenges. They deal with the pressures of staying in school, juggling busy schedules, adjusting to their changing bodies and fitting in with their peers.