A Pebble in the Pond is a timely, timeless look at a modern story with deep roots:  In the 1890’s a dynamic and innovative woman named Anne Banning formed the Assistance League and did local charitable work that focused on children.  Our documentary tells Anne’s story and traces the history of the Assistance League: from its humble beginnings to a call to action following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; through Red Cross innovations and two World Wars, Old Hollywood connections, and a dramatic reemergence; to world-changing innovations by women pioneers still being used today!

The film explores their signature program, Operation School Bell, which provides clothing, backpacks, books, and basic necessities to children who are a part of the foster system, low income, or even homeless.  We showcase amazing individuals quietly donating their time (sometimes decades!) and talents to help others, and we also spotlight those who were once helped and now themselves give back!  Today, the Assistance League’s 120 chapters across the country continue to change the lives of children and adults, and shows that in a still pond, even the smallest pebble can create huge and far reaching ripples.

Audiences will see this entertaining documentary film and these forgotten pioneers and be inspired to ask:

How can I create ripples too?

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