Operation School Bell distributes uniforms to students of 43 elementary schools throughout Greater Cincinnati. School resource coordinators will pick-up items from Assistance League’s Bond Hill facility.
“Families are always so appreciative of brand new uniforms, especially the kiddos who love to wear new clothes and feel so very special after being given a bag of clothes especially for them,” said Tracy Power, resource coordinator at Roberts Academy. “Not hand-me-downs or stained uniforms, but new clothes which do so much for their self-confidence. The uniforms ‘level the playing field’ for all of our students so they can concentrate on the important things…learning, social skills, making friendships.”
More than 3,400 children received clothing or hygiene items from Assistance League for the 2020-2021 school year.
Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are selected by school personnel to receive a uniform, which includes pants, shirt, belt, fleece jacket, underwear and socks. Children in fourth, fifth and sixth grades may also receive a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and sanitary pads.
Assistance League volunteers are also distributing uniforms at events, such as the back-to-school event August 14 at Chase School in Northside.
Before the pandemic, Assistance League distributed most of the uniforms during field trips to their facility. Volunteers provided a full shopping experience, including tailoring pants. This year, volunteers are preparing to meet every request throughout the upcoming school year.
Major funding for Operation School Bell is provided by the Charles H. Dater Foundation, Woodward Trust and the Bernadine and Edwin Light Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation.
People interested in becoming an Assistance League volunteer or supporting Operation School Bell can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1998, Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati has served the unmet needs of 64,500 individual women and children in their time of need. The all-volunteer organization has earned the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency for eight consecutive years and works closely with greater Cincinnati public and parochial schools, colleges, hospitals and women’s shelters to fulfill the mission of Transforming Lives through Community Programs.