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BEND, OR -- For a number of years, The Assistance League of Bend has given clothes to needy students in the fall. But, the nonprofit's “Operation School Bell” now extends past the holidays into the winter months.

 

Family Access Network (FAN) advocates supply a list of needy students, kindergarten through 12th grade. The Assistance League's Beverly Adler tells KBND News, “We want to be there to meet the needs after the holidays and be able to dress children who may not have been able to participate in the fall drive or may not have lived here. And for some children it’s the first new clothes they’ve ever had. Can you imagine?”
 
She says it costs about a hundred dollars to clothe a student. “It certainly usually can buy them a sweatshirt, a pair of jeans or two, some sweat pants, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, shirt, sweaters, a hat and some gloves,” says Adler. The fall effort clothed 1,700 students. She hopes to supply new clothes to 200 more in February, but they’re looking for donations and volunteers to reach that goal. 
 
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