Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded the Assistance League of Phoenix a $50,000 grant to support its Operation School Bell.
The Delivering Dreams Bus is the mobile unit of Operation School Bell, the signature program of Assistance League of Phoenix, according to a press release, and serves over 8,500 students each school year through the bus and the satellite dressing center in Sunnyslope.
“Thunderbirds Charities has been a longstanding partner of ours,” said Aimee Runyon, chief executive officer, Assistance League of Phoenix, in a prepared statement.
“Their generous donation provided much needed support to fill our new buses with shoes and clothing. We are thrilled to add the Thunderbirds Charities to our two new buses, as one of our greatest supporters.”
The Assistance League of Phoenix recently launched two new buses sponsored with Rotary 100/BHHS Legacy Foundation and Fiesta Bowl Charities/BHHS Legacy Foundation, the release said, adding that Thunderbird Charities helped support the clothing and shoes to fill these buses.
Assistance League of Phoenix partners with more than 90 Title I schools during the year, noted the release.
Each school can select up to 100 children, such as those on the free or reduced lunch program, who qualify for the program. Once aboard the Delivering Dream Bus, students work with volunteers to select correct sizes and receive a bundle of items valued at about $200-250.
Items include: two bottoms, three tops, six pair of socks, six underwear, a sweatshirt, belt, a pair of shoes, and a personalized health kit full of hygiene items.
“The Delivering Dreams Bus program will serve more students in need,” said Chance Cozby, president of Thunderbirds Charities.
“We are proud our support will ensure that students can receive shoes & clothing.”