Since Operation School Bell became a National Assistance League program in 1958, it has provided school clothing for over 3.5 million children across the United States. What began as a one-woman effort to provide clothing to disadvantaged children so they could attend school has had a profound effect on children throughout the country.
In Albuquerque, Operation School Bell provides appropriate school clothing for over 4,000 elementary and middle school students at 42 Title 1 schools. Since 1999, we have provided clothing for almost 30,000 Albuquerque students using funds from purchases at the Thrift Shop and from other fundraising activities. Each child receives vouchers for shopping for new clothes including three pairs of pants, three shirts, a pair of shoes, and six pairs of socks.