Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree Launches Holiday Toy Drive Collection

Nov 01, 2012, 16:58 ET from Operation Homefront

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Operation Homefront, the national non-profit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families, today joined with Dollar Tree to launch its annual Holiday Toy Drive to collect gifts for military kids.  Operation Homefront field offices across the nation will be teaming up with local Dollar Tree stores to collect donated toys to be distributed to the children of service members this holiday season.

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Today's launch marks the sixth annual joint campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree to give the children of military families toys for the holiday.  Anyone wishing to make this year's holidays brighter for military families can go to their local Dollar Tree store and donate toys to be distributed to the children of our service members.

More information on the Holiday Toy Drive is available at OperationHomefront.net/HolidayToys.  OperationHomefront.net also accepts online contributions for all of Operation Homefront's programs to assist military families.

"For service members with kids, especially in the lower- and mid-grade ranks, holiday shopping is a major expense that can blow a hole in the family budget," said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront.  "Helping them make their children feel extra special during this festive time is an important aspect of the assistance we provide to military families.  By contributing to Operation Homefront's Holiday Toy Drive - either with an online monetary donation or by dropping off gifts – you're helping our men and women in uniform provide for their families in these tough economic times."

National corporate sponsors for the Holiday Toy Drive joining Dollar Tree include Veterans United Foundation, Josh Cellars, and BAE Systems.

In 2011, Operation Homefront's Holiday Toy Drive collected over 7 million toys nationwide for military kids.  Log on to OperationHomefront.net for more details on how to help military families.  In the coming weeks, Operation Homefront will announce additional information on how Americans interested in donating holiday toys to military kids can help.

About Operation Homefront:  A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence, and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002.  A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members.  For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.

About Dollar Tree:  A Fortune 500 Company, Dollar Tree is North America's leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less. Headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, Dollar Tree operates more than 4,500 stores in the 48 contiguous United States and 5 Canadian Provinces.  To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

SOURCE Operation Homefront