Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade Event Gives Free Backpacks Full of School Supplies to Military Kids

ROBBINS, IL – Operation Homefront of Central Midwest gave more than 150 military kids free backpacks full of school supplies at a Back-to-School Brigade event August 9, 2014, at the Crestwood Armory in Robbins.  Operation Homefront volunteers passed out new donated backpacks and school supplies with an estimated value around $5,000.

“We’re here to lend a hand to military families who 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.  “Getting children ready to go back to school can be a costly venture, but these donated school supplies help ease the burden military families carry.”

The school supplies were donated by people from around Robbins 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.