Story courtesy of Operation Homefront:

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 any of the more than 6 Dollar Tree and Deals stores in and around Lawton 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 Carol Herrick, Executive Director of Operation Homefront Southern Plains. “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 TM and thank our customers for their continued generosity and support.”

Dollar Tree stores will collect supplies July 7 – August 14. Participating stores include the locations at Erwin Acres Shopping Center, Rex TV, and Lawton Town Center. 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.