Assistance League helps military kids with back-to-school supplies

COAST CITIES — Seven Southern California Assistance League chapters have begun their fifth year of providing new clothing and shoes to enlisted military personnel children on Camp Pendleton Marine Base through National Operation School Bell Program.
If a soldier’s family is taken care of at home, that is one thing less soldiers have to worry about when they are deployed. Often their military salary barely covers mortgage payments and the mothers must use food stamps to feed their children. So, what about school clothes for the children? Where do the funds come from?
Operation School Bell began nearly 50 years ago as a one-woman effort to provide clothing to disadvantaged children; it is now the signature national philanthropic program for Assistance League. Chapters for Children started five years ago to build a foundation of learning for military children in need by providing the clothes to attend school on a regular basis. Chapters for Children will be held on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 at Camp Pendleton Marine Base in Oceanside. The goal is to provide an Operation School Bell event for 400 students of enlisted personnel from Camp Pendleton.
Chapters involved include Rancho San Dieguito, North Coast, Inland North County, Saddleback Valley, Temecula Laguna Beach and Capistrano Valley. The event takes place at the Base Community Center where items supplied to each child include two tops, two pants/jeans, six underwear, three pair of socks, shoe vouchers, jackets/pullovers, hygiene kits plus school and art supplies. They also provide gift cards for difficult to fit children. The chapter members also provide a “thank you for your service to our country note.”
For more information or questions, contact Assistance League Capistrano Valley Chairwoman Leslie Jeffery mrsljewels@aol.com 949-496-6044. To learn more about Assistance League, visit assistanceleague.org.

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