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Great Lakes, IL – Operation Homefront of Central Midwest will hold a Back-to-School Brigade event August 1, 2014 where free backpacks full of school supplies will be given to military kids. Military parents wishing to bring their children to the event to receive free school supplies should arrive early, as the event is first come, first served.

“Military families deal not only with deployments and the other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans,” said Darcy Clardy, Executive Director of Operation Homefront’s Central Midwest Field Office.  “These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while easing the burden military families carry.”

The school supplies will be donated by people from around Great Lakes, Illinois and collected at local Dollar Tree stores as part of Operation Homefront’s nationwide Back-to-School Brigade program.

About Operation Homefront:  A national nonprofit, 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, 93 percent of total donations to Operation Homefront go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.

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