More than 1,200 children in Clatsop County qualify for Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing for children selected by the principals in the Knappa, Seaside, Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart and Cannon Beach schools.
The Daily Astorian partnered with businesses in Clatsop County to raise $1,042. A percentage of the revenue from The Daily Astorian holiday tab, "A Season to Share," was donated to Operation School Bell, with The Daily Astorian matching those funds.
Operation School Bell is the signature program of the National Assistance League. The local chapter is the Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific, which clothed 138 children during last year's Operation School Bell campaign. They hope to clothe 400 to 450 children this year, at a cost of $80 to $100 per child.
The League is all volunteers, and 100 percent of fund raising proceeds go back into the community. Other fundraising efforts include a cookbook, "It's a Keeper," a golf ball drop in the spring and a home tour.
For information about the Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific, call Barbara Glick, chapter president, at (503) 325-3528.