Augusta military kids receive supplies

Operation Homefront made the back-to-school season brighter for Augusta area kids by donating backpacks filled with school supplies. The national nonprofit organization bestowed the school supplies Aug. 13 at Blaine House as a part of its annual Back-to-School Brigade program.

The program, now in its ninth year, collects donations of school supplies from Dollar Tree customers and from other volunteers nationwide, according to a news release from the program.

The donations are principally for the families of junior enlisted personnel.

“The families of mid-level and lower grade service members live on tight budgets, and our partnership with Dollar Tree helps to ease the financial burden of the back-to-school season,” Operation Homefront Northeast Program Director Joe O’Hara said in the release.

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The Back-to-School Brigade in 2014 donated to military families nationwide more than $5 million worth of school supplies.

Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity watchdog groups, nationally, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to OperationHomefront.net.


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