The Edmond Sun

August 6, 2013

Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade giving away backpacks

School supplies provided to military kids

The Edmond Sun

Midwest City — Operation Homefront of Oklahoma/Arkansas will hold a Back-to-School Brigade event on Thursday, where free backpacks full of school supplies will be given to military kids. The event will be held from 4-7 p.m. at The Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers, Midwest City. Military parents wishing to bring their children to the event to receive free school supplies should register online at

“Military families deal not only with deployments and the other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans,” said Brandi Dykes, Community Liaison of Operation Homefront’s Oklahoma/Arkansas Field Office. “These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while easing the burden military families carry.”

The school supplies were donated by people from around Oklahoma City and collected at local Dollar Tree stores as part of Operation Homefront’s nationwide Back-to-School Brigade program.

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with a nationwide presence which provides emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has met more than 750,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002.