It's almost back to school time, but some local families don't have the money to buy new clothes for their kids. And in some cases, students may decide to leave school rather than face the embarassment of not "fitting in."
The Assistance League of Bend hopes to keep students in school and concentrating on their school work rather than their wardrobe. The program is called "Operation School Bell."
In this economy, its a problem that members of the League see quite often.
Spokesperson Maggie Chmiel was a guest on 1110 KBND's Your Town Thursday morning, August 23rd. The entire interview is available on this website on a Podcast.
"the mom would come over and she'd say we never thought we'd be here - but my husband lost his job - and we just can't do it this year we just really really need help- and that's the heart warming part of it that we are helping people in the community - i htink its hard enough to start school as it is- and you don't want them to stand out for a negative appearance."
The Assistance League is one of the charities that is benefiting from the Ghost Tree Invitational, a celebrity golf fundraiser tournament in Sunriver this weekend.
Combined Communications hosts the event and gives the money raised to local non profit groups.