Children of military families receive free backpacks and school supplies

Posted at 5:40 PM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 18:52:57-04

The first day of school is right around the corner and children from military families on Fort Hood are getting some much-needed school supplies on Friday.

Operation Homefront handed out over 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to children on Fort Hood whose parents are on active duty and short on funds for school.

Operation Homefront said most of the people helping out were volunteers, and thanks to donations from all over the country, they were able to hand out over 30,000 backpacks nationwide. 

They say although it feels great to help children, it is not the only thing Operation Homefront does.  

“Our main goal with Operation Homefront is emergency assistance. We have a lot of other programs that we do, but that’s why we’re able to keep our costs so low. For 97 cents of every dollar we raise goes into our emergency fund,” Operation Homefront program Coordinator Rebekah Reyes said. 

Operation Homefront was started by a military spouse as an online chat room shortly after 9-11. 

Now, they participate in programs and events like their Homes-on-The-Homefront program and their Hearts-of-Valor program that helps with Wounded Warriors. 

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