Help a local military family by donating school supplies at the West Babylon Dollar Tree to Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to families that have served the United States and Wounded Warriors,
Across the nation, volunteers will begin collecting donated school supplies, along with monetary donations, that they will distribute to the children of service members at the beginning of the school year in the fall as part of the Dollar Tree's Back-to-School Brigade program with Operation Homefront.
“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, in a statement. “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.”
At a recent Operation Homefront event honoring military kids, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey said, “It’s incredible to watch the young men and women of our military families grow up. We have a lot to be thankful for, and military children are probably right at the top of the list. Our kids have the unique opportunity to be whatever they want to be.”
In 2011, the Back-to-School Brigade program raised more than $2 million in monetary donations and school supplies nationwide for military kids. Through the generosity of individual and corporate contributors, Operation Homefront provided 30,000 backpacks to fill with school supplies for children of military service members.
Those interested can purchase and donate school supplies at the West Babylon Dollar Tree, located at 771 Montauk Highway, West Babylon, NY 11704.