SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Taylor Preza
With the help of Operation Homefront, many of Hawaii's military kids are ready to head back to school! The national nonprofit gave more than 500 military children free backpacks full of school supplies at two Back-to-School events this past weekend at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and Schofield Barracks.
More than 30 Operation Homefront volunteers assisted in setting up the events, packing and passing out new donated backpacks filled with school supplies.
"We're here to lend a hand to military families who deal not only with deployments and the other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans," said Brittney Orton, Community Liaison of Operation Homefront's Hawaii Field Office.
The estimated value of all the school supplies add up to more than $3,000.
"Getting children ready to go back to school can be a costly venture, but these donated school supplies help ease the burden military families carry," Orton said.
The school supplies were donated by people from around Oahu and collected by a local Starbucks and Office Max location, by the Army Chaplains, the 25th Infantry Division and the Hui O Na Wahine Thrift Shop on Schofield Barracks.
Generous donations were also made by Target, Walmart Pearl City and Gentry Hawaii Homes and its employees.
Operation Homefront has met more than 750,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002.