Downtown Business Spotlight – Assistance League Thrift Shop


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Assistance League Thrift Store
667A Marsh Street
Downtown SLO, CA 93401
(805) 782-0824

You can help make a difference in the lives of children in our area by shopping or donating to the Assistance League Thrift Store located in Downtown San Luis Obispo. The Assistance League of SLO County, a nonprofit charitable organization, recently opened the thrift store as a way to raise funds for their philanthropic program called “Operation School Bell.” Through this program, members have been able to provide kindergarten – 12th grade students in need from all 10 school districts in San Luis Obispo County with new, school-appropriate clothing for the school year. The program began in 1996 helping children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Then in 2009, the chapter started a new program called “Sue’s Stars” to expand their efforts to include middle school aged children. And now, just this past year with the success of both programs, they have been able to extend their services to high school students and provide new clothing for 1,600 children in our county.

Board Member Tawnee Hosick says, “Operation School Bell not only gives children new clothes, it gives them a fair shot to thrive in school. It gives them confidence, a sense of ‘fitting in’ with their peers.” She adds, “As a member of the Assistance League we get the opportunity to actually take the children on these shopping experiences and to see the look on their faces when they walk out of the store, well, that’s what makes this program so special to us.”

Members of Assistance League volunteer their time to sort, organize and sell items at the Thrift Store in order to maximize profits to benefit Operation School Bell. The Assistance League Thrift Store is located at 667A Marsh Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM. Donations of gently used clothing, household items, furniture and jewelry are accepted at the store Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM – 3 PM.   If you are interested in getting involved with the Assistance League of SLO County, please visit

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