HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - USO Hawaii is collecting school supplies for military kids who could use a little help. It's a small way to show our appreciation in a tough economy.
Eva Laird Smith is here to explain.
Through July 25
Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange
USO Honolulu Airport Center
This July, USO Hawaii launches its Back-to-School program for military kids, with free backpacks and school supplies to assist military families get ready for their children's back-to-school needs. In addition to this, a limited amount of brand new children's books, Hannah Montana teen books, as well as shoes for kids from K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations) will also be available.
"This is a great opportunity for our community to show their aloha support for our military and their families with their children's back-to-school needs. It will be one headache less, one challenge less on the homefront for our deployed troops," said Eva Laird Smith, USO Hawaii director.
Community members are encouraged to assist with in-kind donations of brand new backpacks, school supplies such as notebooks, pads, pens, pencils, scissors, eraser and glue, etc. for elementary to high middle school.
Starting Thursday, July 15-25, donations may be dropped off at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange Aloha Desk, ground floor, as well as the USO Honolulu Airport Center.
For online donations: http://affiliates.uso.org/hawaii. For PayPal donations, please call William Johnson at 808 836-3351, email@example.com. Checks may be mailed to USO Hawaii at 300 Rodgers Blvd. # 48, Hon, HI 96819. All donations to the USO, a nonprofit organization will be acknowledged with a letter for individuals' IRS annual donation reporting.
Military children of E5 and below qualify for the free backpacks and school supplies which will be distributed on a first come/first served basis with the proper military ID. Distribution is scheduled for Sunday, July 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Hickam Air Force Base, Officers' Club grounds. To request for free backpacks and school supplies, contact Programs & Marketing Manager, Barb Troegner, 808 256-7744 firstname.lastname@example.org.