Operation Homefront Partners with Dollar Tree for Back-to-School Brigade to Benefit Military Children

Jul 07, 2014, 12:00 ET from Operation Homefront

SAN ANTONIO, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, Inc. have joined forces again this pre-school season to gather school supplies for military children across the country. The supplies can be purchased starting today by customers at all Dollar Tree and Deals stores nationwide and placed in collection boxes in each store.

The Back-to-School Brigade™ program is a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree.  This is the sixth year that Dollar Tree has partnered with Operation Homefront for the program.  Last year, Dollar Tree patrons donated more than $4.7 million of supplies nationwide.

"For the last six years, Dollar Tree and its customers have been our partners in getting military kids ready to go back to school," said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront. "These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while easing the burden military families carry.  These families deal with deployments and the other stresses of military life, and Operation Homefront serves lower- and mid-grade enlisted, the lowest-paid of our service members."

"Dollar Tree is a proud, national sponsor of Operation Homefront," said Chelle Davis, Dollar Tree spokesperson. "We are honored to once again participate in the Back-to-School Brigade™ and thank our customers for their continued generosity and support."

Dollar Tree stores will collect supplies July 7August 14. Once the program ends, Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute the gifts to military children during the back-to-school season in August and September. Log on to OperationHomefront.net for more details on how to contribute.

About Dollar Tree:  Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, is the nation's leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less. The Company operates more than 5,000 stores across 48 states and 5 Canadian Provinces. To learn more about the Company, visit http://www.DollarTree.com.

About Operation HomefrontA 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.

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