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Thousands of kids get new school clothes to help them learn

Posted at 12:53 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 15:53:13-04
You may know the Assistance League of Phoenix as the Let Joe Know Volunteer problem-solving team. But they've been doing much more.
 
This year, the league is celebrating 30 years of providing clothing to school kids. It's called "Operation School Bell."
 
We were there as volunteers provided clothing to kids from Mountain View Elementary School. It's the first school the league assisted 30 years ago. Back then, 36 kids got new school clothes.
 
This year, "Operation School Bell" will dress more than 8,000 kids across the Valley.
 
ALP's Executive Director Brenda Sperduti said, "We take away the barriers they may have so when they go back to the classroom, they are ready to learn."
 
The kids get shirts, pants, socks, underwear, shoes, a sweatshirt and more.
 
But Sperduti said years later they remember more than the clothes. They talk about the experience of getting attention from the league's volunteers.
 
"It's the caring adult they seem to remember most."
 
If you'd like to volunteer or to donate toward the $80 cost of each child's clothing package, call the league at 602-944-7636 or go to their website.
 
You can also shop at the Assistance League Thrift Boutique on 7th Street and Glendale Avenue in Phoenix.
 
Click here for more on the boutique.
 
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Need my help? Call the Assistance League of Phoenix volunteers at 1-855-323-1515. You can also send me an email or a video email where you attach a video explaining the problem.
 
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