More than 500 children will receive new, warm clothes this winter through the generosity of members of the Assistance League of Salt Lake.
Each Wednesday during the winter months, volunteers in the program - "Operation School Bell" - fill bags with parkas, shirts, pants, socks and underwear for children in need.The program has operated for 12 years with the Salt Lake District elementary schools and the Granite District Head Start.
School principals, teachers and counselors keep an eye out for children who come to school without a coat or other winter clothes. "They identify the children - they have to be kids who really need help - and send a form home asking for the kid's measurements. In some cases, the teachers themselves end up measuring the child so we can tell what size clothes to give them.
"Then we start filling orders. Each Wednesday we fill orders for one school. Some schools have only a few students who need help, others have a lot," Clark said.