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Operation Homefront seeks school supplies for military families

Posted: July 8, 2010 4:48 p.m.
Updated: July 9, 2010 4:48 p.m.

San Antonio - Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree will launch "Back to School Brigade, a program to collect new school supplies for children of military families from Sunday, July 11 to Monday, August 2.

The two organizations hope to collect enough school supplies to fill 21,000 backpacks.

Dollar Tree customers can place new school supplies into a drop box located near the checkout counters. Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute the supplies to military families.

"Dollar Tree is proud to continue its national sponsorship of Operation Homefront," said Chelle Davis, a Dollar Tree spokesperson. "The ‘Back-to-School Brigade' is a fun and rewarding program. We are honored to participate and support our military neighbors who sacrifice so much."

 In locations where Operation Homefront does not have a chapter, volunteers will provide local "family readiness groups" with school supplies for their command families.

Items needed for donation include spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, notebook paper, rulers, colored pencils, calculators, and erasers. The program saves money for military families, including those experiencing financial hardships.

In 2009, the program distributed approximately 19,000 items nationwide, up 132 percent from the previous year. The 2009 program resulted in more than $1.2 million in savings to military families, Operation Homefront said.

About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial aid and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

The organization leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 267,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, $.95 of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs.

About Dollar Tree
A Fortune 500 Company, Dollar Tree is headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia. Dollar Tree, Inc. is the nation's leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less with more than 3,800 stores in 48 states.

The Company operates a nationwide logistics network and employs more than 50,000 associates. Dollar Tree trades publicly on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DLTR.


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