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Kids, Clothes, Smiles

Children in need are referred by 10 area school districts, encompassing 202 schools, both public and parochial. The students attend a special shopping day at the JCPenney Westroads, and shop for new school clothing. paid for by Assistance League of Omaha.  Assistance League members handle the gift cards and pay for the purchases.  Students also get a voucher for new shoes from Payless Shoes and a new book of their own choosing.   These new clothes encourage school attendance and increase self esteem, which results in more success as a student.   Operation School Bell shopping day events occur in October and in other months as needed in response to emergencies.

Operation School Bell started in 1975 when Assistance League of Omaha was just a guild. Over 58,000 school age children have been served.  In October of 2012, 3200 children were given new clothing!  Most of them were also given shoe vouchers to buy shoes at Payless Shoes. Here are some recent statistics:  

OCTOBER 2013
Number of children served:          3553
10 School Districts and 195 Schools served

OCTOBER 2014
Number of children served:          3423
10 School Districts and 195 Schools served

OCTOBER 2015
Number of children served:          3451
10 School Districts and 198 Schools served

OCTOBER 2016   We are planning to clothe our 60,000th child!

 

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