The program is led by Nancy Carter and Carol Sum.
"The thousands of dollars were very well-spent," Carter said.
"One little boy couldn't believe he was receiving something new, having always had used clothes," Sum added.
They noted that when children feel better about the way they look, they have higher self-esteem and perform better in school.
This year, there was a book-raising event in conjunction with Operation School Bell, leading up to Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26, a national day of community service. So many books were accumulated that there were enough to hand out to each child during the month after they received the clothing.
"In some cases, this was their first book, and it helped add smiles on their faces," said Sandra Warren, committee chairwoman.
"Most of the children were very pleased they were receiving a free book they could choose themselves, and a first-grader was so thrilled with his choice that he proceeded to read it to me right there," added committee member Clare Carlson.
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