Thunderbirds Charities supports Phoenix students with $50k grant


Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded the Assistance League of Phoenix $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, and serves over 8,500 students each school year both through the bus and the satellite dressing center in Sunnyslope, according to a press release.

“Thunderbirds Charities has been a longstanding partner of ours,” Aimee Runyon, chief executive officer at Assistance League of Phoenix, said in a prepared statement.

“Their generous donation provided much needed support to fill our new buses with shoes & 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. Thunderbird Charities helped support the clothing/shoes to fill these buses.
Assistance League of Phoenix partners with over 90 Title I schools throughout the year. Each school can select up to 100 children who qualify for the program (students on the free or reduced lunch program).

Once aboard the Delivering Dream Bus, students work with volunteers to select correct sizes. Each student receives a bundle of items valued at approximately $200-250 and includes; 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,” Chance Cozby, president of Thunderbirds Charities, said in a prepared statement.

“We are proud our support will ensure that students can receive shoes & clothing.”