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Operation School Bell


Our signature program, Operation School Bell was born in the 1950's, when a teacher in Los Angeles saw children from one family coming to school on a rotating basis. Upon discovering that the children came based on whose turn it was to wear the only clothes they had, the teacher gathered castoffs from friends and family and began what has since become known as Operation School Bell.

  • In Tulsa, Operation School Bell serves more than 2,000 students a year from 14 school districts in Tulsa area, providing new clothing that includes two pair of either jeans, slacks, skorts, skirts or dresses; two tops, shirts or blouses; six pair of underwear; one t-shirt or one tank top; a belt; six pair of socks; one pair of shoes; one jacket; a sweater or sweatshirt; and one pair of gloves. Each student also selects two books and receives a health kit. Students are referred to Operation
    School Bell through school counselors. 

  • Annually, Operation School Bell also provides more than over 25,000 uniform shirts to over 13,000 students attending more than 30 separate Tulsa Public Schools.

  • Operation School Bell also provided clothing, shoes and books, as well as other household items from Bargains Resale, to children and families in need of emergency assistance.

Beyond the tangible and practical benefits of supplying such necessities are the more important intangibles received by the children served, our donors and our volunteers. Imagine the pride and self-esteem felt by a child trying on the first new clothes he or she has ever owned ... the joy felt by the many volunteers and donors that have made such a gift possible. And above all, the life lessons of service, compassion, and empathy passed on through Operation School Bell's caring and commitment in action.