Operation Homefront Packs 2000 Backpacks with Bank of America

7/24/2012, 4:16 p.m.

Operation Homefront and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation joined forces this week to stuff 2000 backpacks with school supplies for military children for the second year in a row. The event kicks of the Back-to-School Brigade program; a yearly program which provides backpacks and supplies to military children.

The Back-To-School Brigade program is a nationwide program of Operation Homefront. Last year, more than 4000 backpacks were distributed to military children in the DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area by the DC Metro Chapter. The program relies on the generosity of individual donors, civic groups and corporate sponsors like Bank of America and Dollar Tree Stores to provide school supplies for military children.

"For the last two years, Bank of America has been a valuable partner in our Back-to-School Brigade program. They provided backpacks, school supplies and most importantly student leaders who worked to assemble the backpacks and load them onto military trucks," said Vivian Dietrich, President of the DC Metro Chapter of Operation Homefront. "Military children will go back to school with full backpacks, ready to learn and the stress of providing these supplies will be lifted off the shoulders of already burdened military families."

"The Bank of America Student Leaders Program focuses on recognizing students for their dedication and commitment to giving back to the communities they live in," said Kerry Sullivan, president, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. "While in DC for our annual Summit, both bank volunteers and our students were pleased to support the efforts of Operation Homefront and their commitment to supporting military service members and their families."

Members of the community can participate in the Back-to-School Brigade program by visiting local Dollar Tree stores. Local Dollar Tree stores will collect supplies July 9 - August 5 which are donated to and distributed by Operation Homefront.