South Whittier School District families in need were able to participate in Operation School Bell on Wednesday, November 1, that provided vouchers to shop for school clothes and supplies at Target in Santa Fe Springs.
Selected recipients that are a part of South Whittier School District were able to line up and receive vouchers that were good towards clothes and under garments. This voucher also deducted sales tax in order to assure families that they would receive the full value of the vouchers. The program that provides these vouchers is coordinated and operated by the Assistance League of Whittier.
League member and first time Operation School Bell volunteer, Patty, said, “We try to help the families who really need it.”
The event had a sizable turnout and the program was able to assist roughly 200 families through this single event.
“It’s unfortunate that we have so many families in need, but this is a great program that helps them out.” Dr. Gonzales, superintendent of South Whittier School District, said.
The Assistance League of Whittier is a non-profit organization that is made entirely of volunteers. Their vision is, “To work as a team assisting Greater Whittier Area residents to become healthier and better educated through our philanthropic and fundraising activities.”
Their main source of funding is their thrift shop that is located in Uptown Whittier. They also receive funding through individual donations, corporate and private foundation grants, and an annual Community Support Letter that requests donations that are dedicated to the Operation School Bell program.