Operation School Bell distributes school uniforms

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Children visiting the Assistance League of Tucson thrift store on Wednesday, Aug. 3 to receive free donations of school uniforms also got to meet a well-known mascot.

McGruff the Crime Dog visited the store during the Operation School Bell clothing distribution at the Alvernon Way facility to talk about child and family safety.

The mascot, known for its “take a bite out of crime” slogan, was also there to educate attendees on gun safety and hand out gun locks.

Operation School Bell has been a program of the Assistance League of Tucson since 1994, and children are selected as recipients by their own representatives and school administrators. Funding is provided by income from the thrift store and the League’s online store.

At the Wednesday afternoon event, children were able to choose a backpack, three sets of new school uniforms and shoes.

For students in non-uniform schools, recipients are eligible to receive a voucher, good for the purchase of $100 worth of school clothes and shoes.

If you are interested in participating in future Operation School Bell uniform distribution, the organization is looking for volunteers for three upcoming events at 1307 N. Alvernon Way:

  • Sunday August 7
  • Sunday September 11
  • Wednesday September 14

For more information on how to get involved with Operation School Bell or participate as a volunteer, visit altucson.org/operation-school-bell.

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Anne Simmons is a digital content producer for KGUN 9. Anne made her television debut while still a student at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining KGUN, she managed several public access television stations in the Bay Area and worked as a video producer in the nonprofit sector. Share your story ideas and important issues with Anne via email [email protected] or by connecting to instagram Where LinkedIn.

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