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Fiesta Bowl Charities offers grant to support Operation School Bell program

Photo of children enjoying their school supplies from Fiesta Bowl Charities
Assistance League of Phoenix partners with more than 130 Title I schools throughout the year. Each school can select up to 100 children who qualify for the program. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)
Fiesta Bowl Charities provides $50K to The Assistance League of Phoenix
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Fiesta Bowl Charities is providing The Assistance League of Phoenix a $50,000 grant to support the Operation School Bell program, which in this case translates to funding “The Delivering Dreams Bus” — the mobile unit of Operation School Bell.

Operation School Bell is the signature program of Assistance League of Phoenix providing wardrobe packages for over 11,000 students in need this school year, according to a press release.

“Fiesta Bowl has been an incredible partner and we’re so honored to receive a grant to support our Operation School Bell program, “said Aimee Runyon, CEO of Assistance League of Phoenix, in a prepared statement.

“We added 20 new schools from our wait-list this year and are looking forward to reaching even more students in need. The pandemic and inflation have caused a greater need in our community, and we are thankful for partners like Fiesta Bowl, who are helping us to serve more children and ensure they have clothes that fit, are durable and contribute to a positive sense of self-esteem.”

Assistance League of Phoenix and Fiesta Bowl Charities, officials there say, have also designed an exclusive Fiesta Bowl high-top shoe set to debut this fall for kids served on the “Delivering Dreams Bus.”

Assistance League of Phoenix partners with more than 130 Title I schools throughout the year. Each school can select up to 100 children who qualify for the program, the release states.

Operation School Bell’s 40-foot “Delivering Dreams Buses” have been retrofitted into mobile dressing centers that bring the program directly to schools. The buses are filled with racks of clothing and shoes, along with private dressing rooms.

Volunteers help each child select clothing and ensure that clothes and shoes fit properly. Each student receives a bundle of items valued at approximately $250 and includes two bottoms, three tops, six pairs of socks, six underwear, a sweatshirt, belt, a pair of shoes, a new book, and a personalized health kit full of hygiene items.

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