Low income Salem-Keizer school children receive free clothing and shoes, thanks to Assistance League and Wells Fargo

May 16, 2011

   SALEM, Ore. — More than 300 children from low income families in the Salem and Keizer area received free clothing and shoes, thanks to Assistance League of Salem and Wells Fargo.

   Wells Fargo donated $7,500 to the nonprofit group, which used the funds to buy pants, shirts, socks, jackets and shoes through its Operation School Bell program, one of nine philanthropic programs that the league manages. Local schools identified the children in need, who ranged from age 4 to 18.

   "Our organization started 49 years ago and was the first Assistance League in Oregon. We created Operation School Bell our very first year," said Carol Marshall, board president of the league. "We’re grateful to Wells Fargo for its generosity, as well as to our suppliers who discounted the clothing, so we could help as many children as possible."

   Operation School Bell also provides school supplies and hygiene kits to students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools, the Headstart Program and Chemawa Indian School. As the school year draws to an end, Operation School Bell will have served more than 2,9oo students in grades Pre-K through 12.

   Assistance League of Salem is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of local children and adults through its community-based philanthropic programs. In the past year, more than 30,000 recipients benefitted from its services. It is one of seven Assistance Leagues in Oregon and more than 120 nationwide. The Salem chapter’s 450 members volunteered more than 52,000 hours in the past year. More information is posted at AssistanceLeagueSalem.org.

   Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo has repeatedly been named one of the most generous corporations in Oregon and America. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency rates Wells Fargo as "outstanding" for community reinvestment, the highest rating possible. More information about Wells Fargo’s community support is posted at wellsfargo.com.

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