League of Redlands Assistance helps kids get school clothes with Operation School Bell – Redlands Daily Facts

During one of the Assistance League of Redlands Operation School Bell shopping sprees in the fall of 2021 at Kohl’s in Redlands, from left to right, Leticia Cervantes, President of the Assistance League of Redlands; Myla Ruiz and her mother, Gloria Chavez; the mayor of Redlands, Paul Barich; and school counselor Carolyn Cullen. (Courtesy of the Redlands Assistance League)

The League of Redlands Assistance is serving more than 600 children in the greater Redlands area this fall through its Operation School Bell program.

In the program, the Assistance League is partnering with Kohl’s department store to provide school clothes and shoes for children in kindergarten to grade five.

The Redlands chapter adopted the Aid League’s Operation School Bell in 1992 and since then has helped more than 20,000 children through the program, according to a press release.

School counselors recommend children for the program, and the Assistance League provides each child $ 100 to purchase clothes at Kohl’s, serving up to 1,200 children each year.

This year’s program began Sept. 16, with 665 children accepted for the fall semester, according to the press release.

The Assistance League of Redlands, a chapter of the National Assistance League, is a nonprofit, voluntary organization that operates a variety of philanthropic programs.

In addition to Operation School Bell, Redlands Assistance League programs include Assault Survivor Kits, Teens-Be-Seen / Urgent Essentials Scholarships, and Power to Continue Learning.

The Redlands Chapter also has a thrift store at 506 W. Colton Ave. and a low cost dental center next to the store at 508 W. Colton Ave.

For more information on League of Redlands Assistance programs or to donate to support them, visit alredlands.org.

Elizabeth J. Harless