Operation School Bell® is the signature philanthropic program of National Assistance League. Research has found that children with a good self-image stay in school. By providing school children with new clothing, Operation School Bell contributes to their self-confidence and encourages a positive attitude toward school. Members of Assistance League purchase, fit and distribute new clothing, hygiene kits and books to school children in need referred by area school counselors.

Since 1985 Operation School Bell has met the needs of over 36,000 children. During a typical year, Operation School Bell clothes more than 1,600 children, including emergency situations due to fire or storms. It costs approximately $55.00 per child as each receives a tote bag which contains two pairs of jeans, 3 shirts, a hoodie, socks, underwear, hygiene products and a new book. 

Funds for Operation School Bell are provided by individual and corporate donations and by grants from:

BlueCross/BlueShield Caring Foundation
Susan Mott Webb Charitiable Trust
Orlean and Ralph W. Beeson Fund
Daniel Foundation
UAB Faculty and Staff Benevolent Fund
Southminster Presbyterian Church Foundation for Ministry
Nick's Kids
Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation
Wells Fargo 
Thompson Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
McWane Foundation
Regions Foundation
Vulcan Materials Company Foundation


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The Assistance League of Birmingham accepts a donation for Operation School Bell from the UAB Benevolent Fund.  Thank You! 


Melinda Thornbury, and her helpers, assembled 500 hygiene kits for the students served with Operation School Bell.

Assistance League thanks you!


A big thank you to Region's Bank Consumer Credit Risk Management department for donating personal care products and preparing over 100 hygiene kits for the children served by Operation School Bell. Assistance League of Birmingham appreciates the generous support of our community corporate sponsors like Regions Bank.



Thank you to members of the Homewood Rotary who joined Assistance League volunteers to assemble hygiene kits for the Operation School Bell students.