Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded the Assistance League® of Phoenix $50,000 grant to support their 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 located in Sunnyslope.
“Thunderbirds Charities has been a longstanding partner of ours,” said Aimee Runyon, Chief Executive Officer, Assistance League® of Phoenix. “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 more than 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 on board 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,” said Chance Cozby, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We are proud our support will ensure that students can receive shoes & clothing.”
About Assistance League of Phoenix:
Assistance League of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been serving the Phoenix area for nearly 60 years. The organization has 140 members and 350 community/corporate volunteers and is affiliated with a national Assistance League with 122 chapters nationwide. Last year, Assistance League of Phoenix members volunteered over 26,000 hours and raised over $1 million to serve over 20,000 children in the greater Phoenix community. For more information on Assistance League of Phoenix visit www.alphx.org.
ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRDS/THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES
THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 285 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com. For more information on the Thunderbirds Charities, visit www.thunderbirdscharities.org.