Since 1982, members of Assistance League of Glendale have provided clothing and uniforms for children in need in the Glendale Unified School District. The purpose of the program is to strengthen self-confidence, promote school attendance and inspire scholastic achievement in the children who participate. Operation School Bell provides each student with three complete uniforms including underwear, socks, shoes and a backpack. Our auxiliaries, Las Caritas, provides health kits and Assisteens® provide underwear, socks and books.
Our members volunteer more than 650 hours yearly, dressing nearly 600 children, kindergarten through sixth grade. Throughout the year, nurses and school personnel refer children in need to Assistance League. With permission from parents, the principal or school nurse brings the child to our chapter house where volunteers have put together uniforms in the child’s size. Once at the center, the children try on the clothing for size. Included with clothing is a voucher for shoes to be redeemed at a local shoe store. Each child is also given a health kit and is able to pick a reading book of his or her choice. They leave with a bag of new clothing, a health kit, a book, and a smiling face.
For a history of Operation School Bell, please refer to Operation School Bell.