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SAN ANTONIO, July 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree Inc. have joined forces for the 11th consecutive year to collect school supplies for military children for the national nonprofit's Back-to-School Brigade®. Today, through August 8, supplies purchased by Dollar Tree customers at more than 6,000 participating stores nationwide will be donated to Operation Homefront. The school supplies will be collected by Operation Homefront volunteers and distributed to military families at more than 70 Back-to-School Brigade® events and through local community partners across the nation this summer.
"We at Dollar Tree are grateful to our customers for their generous support as we continue our national partnership with Operation Homefront," said Chelle Davis, Dollar Tree spokesperson. "It's an honor to work alongside this wonderful nonprofit once again and to support military families through their annual Back-to-School Brigade® program."
School supply costs continue to trend upward in the United States. Families spent an average of $510 for school supplies in 2018 – up from $501 in 2017 and $488 in 2016. The Back-to-School Brigade®, which has distributed more than 350,000 backpacks since the program's inception, helps to alleviate the financial burden for military families by providing backpacks with a variety of needed supplies, including pens, pencils, paper, scissors, and binders.
"This year marks the 11th year we are partnering with Dollar Tree and their caring customers to deliver backpacks full of school supplies to military kids through our annual Back-to-School Brigade® campaign," said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. "I am incredibly proud to say we will reach our 375,000th backpack milestone and will have saved military families over $40 million in back to school expenses. By working with an amazing Dollar Tree team, we are able to help military families thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect."
Dollar Tree is a longtime supporter of our nation's military families. Since the partnership began in 2006, Dollar Tree and its generous customers have provided millions of dollars of financial and in-kind support to recurring programs. Moreover, Dollar Tree has supported Operation Homefront's Critical Financial Assistance program for military families in need. For more information about how to support the Back-to-School Brigade®, visit operationhomefront.org/backtoschool.
About Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operates more than 15,000 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit http://www.DollarTree.com.
About Operation Homefront
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America's military families. To follow the award progress, go to http://www.OperationHomefront.org.