I just want to tell you how grateful I am for AL of KC. In 2009, the rug was pulled out from underneath my husband and I when we were both laid off. I was out of work for almost 2 years, my husband for one of those years. We had two young children in Platte R-3 schools. If it weren't for the councilor referring us to AL and Operation School Bell, our children wouldn't have had warm, fitting coats and hats during those cold winters. While our family continues to struggle, (my husband was never able to fully recover with a full time job, and I now work in non for profit, which pays low wages) we are so blessed and grateful for organizations like the Assistance League of KC for all they did for us during our walk through the desert. Thank you to Assistance League for your kind and generous support and thank you to the people who support you and your efforts. It makes a huge difference for those suffering through no fault of their own. God's blessings to you all!
I am an elementary school counselor and take kids every year for operation school bell. This is such a wonderful program for kids. The ladies are always so nice and accommodating for the kids. The look of excitement on their faces as they pick out their clothes and show them to me is wonderful. I had a fifth grade boy later in the day stop to tell me how much fun he had! That makes it so worthwhile. For some of my students these maybe the only brand new clothes that they get all year. They love it. Thanks to the assistance league for all they do to make kids feel special!!!!
As great as it is to take our students to Operation School Bell, I think I like the day after the best. Many, if not all, of our students come to school dressed in their new clothes and shoes and can’t wait to show them off. A few minutes ago, one girl came in my office to show me her new shoes, jeans, and shirt. I honestly think she looks the best I have seen her since last winter. She was so proud of her new things, as well as happy and excited to talk about them.
From the "personal shopper" volunteers to the racks and racks of in-style clothing, it's clear that the Assistance League of Kansas City knows how to run a huge program smoothly, treat people with dignity, and provide a valuable service to kindergarten through fifth grade students.
Thanks to all the wonderful people who make Operation School Bell possible for our kids!
Oh my goodness, I cannot say enough great things about The Assistance League of Kansas City. Each year they do so much to help our students -- from providing free safety curriculum each spring to clothing our children with new clothes each fall. The smiles on our students faces beam brighter than ever each time we take them there, and I cannot express enough gratitude for the services they provide.
What are great organization that so benefited and helped our community! I am a school counselor at Heritage Middle School in Liberty, MO and this program served many of my students and their families who needed help. It was wonderful to see and hear the gratitude from the parents and the students who were offered the opportunity of purchasing clothing this winter. The volunteers at the Assistance League of Kansas City were so very accommodating and professional. A family from my school was unable to attend either of the two designated shopping nights due to the death of a parent. The volunteers, upon hearing of the circumstances, contacted me and worked closely with myself and the family to find a separate day and time that was convenient for them to meet at the store! The generous volunteers did not want this family to miss out on such a beneficial opportunity. The shopping experience ended up being very uplifting for the family even though they going thru such a difficult time! I was appreciative and overjoyed to see the kindness and compassion of this organization! I am very excited to work with them in the future.
What a fabulous local resource! I have used the I'm In Charge program with students and it is a great way to approach potentially uncomfortable topics with kids! The video is well done and the kids LOVE the booklets! It does a great job of bridging the gap between home and school as safety is one of those issues we as adults often assume someone else is talking with kids about. Thanks so the Assistance League of Kansas City, schools can do their part in helping to keep our children safe!
The Assistance League of Kansas City has helped countless children served in my program in a variety of ways. They give us clothing vouchers for children who are living in our Crisis Shelter for a variety of reasons ( homelessness, abuse, neglect etc). This service is something that brings a smile to so many who have never had the means to wear a new coat to school or a pair of shoes that the soles aren't falling off. I can't express how much gratitude I have to this program.
The Assistance League of KC provides our shelter with Celebration Bags- which are used for birthday celebrations, good bye gifts, and achievement parties. The toys and party supplies in these bags truly make a difference in the lives of the children we serve every day. These celebration bag donations assure that every child served by our shelter has a homemade cake, age appropriate gift, and fun decorations for their party. We are so thankful for the ongoing support of the Assistance League of KC!!!
I work for a shelter in the KC Northland and we recently partnered with the Assistance League Kansas City to provide teddy bears to the children we serve. Our shelter provides a safe place for children to go when they are in crisis. The children are often scared and have recently experience a traumatic event. We try to make the children feel more comfortable by having friendly bedrooms for them to stay in, with an Assistance League teddy bear placed next to their pillow. This may be the first object a child reaches for when they enter their new bedroom. We often see children holding their bears tightly, thankful to have something soft and comfortable to call their own.
As the senior pastor of Avondale United Methodist Church I know first-hand the great gratitude of the congregation for the assistance of the Assisteens. They have been an essential part or our congregation's outreach to children of the community during the annual "Trunk or Treat" event in the church parking lot. For several years Assisteens have decorated car trunks, come in costume, and provided treats for children to experience a friendly and safe Halloween celebration.