History

  • 1965: Anne Banning Auxiliary adopts OSB as its hands-on service through Assistance League of Los Angeles.
  • 1966: Service begins in two rooms on the second floor of the Girls’ Club at Assistance League of Los Angeles. 300 children served in the first year.
  • 1968: 350 children from 62 different schools receive service. Service relocates to 5533 Fernwood, an A-frame house on a street adjacent to Assistance League of Los Angeles campus.
  • 1969: New facility helps double number of children served to 600 from 250 schools. All clothing donations are sorted, mended, washed and ironed.
  • 1970: Fundraising benefit takes on holiday theme presented first Sunday in December. For next 30 years, benefits raise over $1M.
  • 1972: Over 1,000 children receive service.
  • 1978: Over 1,500 children receive service.
  • 1980: Benefits are sponsored by department stores and Just-For-Fun parties are held, Founder’s Day tradition continues.
  • 1988: Over 3,000 children receive service.
  • 1991: Construction is announced for new building on Assistance League of Los Angeles campus.
  • 1994: OSB opens in the Dorothy E. Leavey Family Resource Center.
  • 1998: OSB Launches its Patrons Campaign, replacing the annual holiday benefit. OSB Award is established annually for those individuals and/or companies who have made a major commitment to further the cause of OSB.
  • 2000: Major story appears in L.A. Times about Operation School Bell. Generates wide community support and increases membership in Anne Banning Auxiliary.
  • 2001: Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) adopts OSB by providing support through various activities and hands-on help.
  • 2003: LASPD establishes P.A.L. program for Explorers. These young men and women donate more then 4,000 hours each year to OSB.
  • 2005: Mervyn’s “Community Closet” a 53′ fully outfitted trailer is donated to OSB. OSB on Wheels rolls out to LAUSD schools. The Mark Hughes Foundation underwrites the costs for OSB on Wheels.
  • 2006: OSB on Wheels provides service to 1,000 children in its first year clothing 85 children at each school site, monthly. Lifetech Resources manufactures and donates OSB shampoo.
  • 2007: The Mark Hughes Foundation increases support as OSB on Wheels is able to execute service more efficiently. The number of children served via OSB on Wheels rises to 2,200. OSB Hollywood complements the community with more than 2,000 children receiving clothes, shoes and other essentials.
  • 2008: Universal Studios Hollywood “Discover A Star Foundation” provides grant to help underwrite OSB. Employees donate their time through their “4th Annual Day of Giving.”
  • 2009: Service to the children rises to all time high of 6,000! Huron Consulting donates time, talent and treasure to dress 200 children from the Union Rescue Mission.
  • 2011: Corporate support grows to include The Mark Hughes Foundation, S. Mark Taper Foundation, Universal Studios Hollywood “Discover A Star Foundation”, Molina Foundation, RGK Foundation, Caruso Foundation, Gilmore Foundation, Ahmanson Foundation, Smotrich Family Foundation, AT&T Interactive, TSA Housing, and NGA – Needlework Guild of America.