Vans photoA generous donation of Vans shoes and clothing to Assistance League of St. Louis will benefit students in the University City School District and in the Ferguson-Florissant School District Students in Transition program.

Assistance League of St. Louis president Denise McKibben said, “Our volunteers work with these two school districts to provide school uniforms, shoes, coats and hygiene products to students through Operation School Bell and STEPS to Success. Counselors and social workers in these districts also identify families in crisis whose immediate needs can be met through our Outreach program. We are grateful to Vans for this donation, valued at more than $39,000, which enabled us to provide an extra measure of support to these school district partners.

In a recent letter, Gary Spiller, Executive Director of Student Services and Innovation for the University City School District, described the impact Assistance League programs have: “Our students and families in need gain much joy and well-being by being able to select brand new clothing items. Because of you, our students feel a greater sense of confidence and have proven to be more productive when they have access to new clothing. Simply put, when you look good, you feel good, and in general, you do good! The Vans clothing donations are a big hit…. Thank you AL and Vans!”