Back-to-School Brigade helps military kids hit the books
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 3:08:23 PM
September may be a little far off for many school children who are just finishing up the semester, but Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that works to support military families, is already planning for back-to-school.
The organization recently launched its annual Back-to-School Brigade, which collects school supplies and provides them to children who have a parent in the armed forces. This year is the organization's sixth year running the campaign, which sets military children up for a successful academic year, no matter their situations at home.
"Military families, especially those in the lower and mid-grade enlisted ranks, can see a real money crunch at back-to-school time," said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of Operation Homefront. "People in the community who want to say thank you to military families can make a real contribution by being part of the Back-to-School Brigade program."
Last year, the program raised more than $2 million in monetary donations and provided about 30,000 children with school supplies, thanks to the contributions of individual and corporate donors.
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