If there’s one three-word phrase that is more famous than all others at the end of July, it’s “back to school.” Part of the tradition of kids heading back to school after summer break includes picking up new supplies (you know, all those pencils and books that Alice Cooper sang about back when school let out for the summer), but it isn’t always that straightforward for military children.
For families dealing with deployment, relocation, and all the other stresses that accompany military life, back to school shopping is often an afterthought. Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree have been joining forces for the past several years in order to get military kids ready to return to school. For the sixth year, they are coming together on the Back-to-School Brigade, and you can help with this awesome initiative.
From now through August 14, Dollar Tree stores will be collecting school supplies to give back to military children. Here in Indy, the participating Dollar Tree stores include the locations at Shadeland Station, Westgate Plaza, and Arlington Square. With all the back-to-school sales coming up, it’s really simple to just buy a few extra supplies along the way and donate to children who could use the boost of morale. Once the program ends, Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute the gifts to military children over the next month or two.