School supplies needed for military kids

Eva Laird Smith
Eva Laird Smith
Jordyn Jones
Jordyn Jones

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It's never easy being deployed in the military and leaving loved ones behind.

It's also tough for the keiki.

That's why Operation Homefront of Hawaii is trying to help with it's Back-to-School Backpack program. The group wants children to be ready when they return to school. They're accepting all types of school supplies including paper and crayons.

"This is our way of helping our military, the ones especially who are deployed, or wounded warriors, so they think less of the problems at home for the families that they've left behind," said Eva Laird Smith of Operation Homefront of Hawaii.

"Some families in the military are poor and they can't buy supplies for their children," said Jordyn Jones, 10-year-old volunteer.

They filled up 125 backpacks last year and expect to double that number this year. They're also receiving monetary donations from people like Kevin Lacquement.

"I know how hard it is for families with parents away. I grew up with my dad in the Navy," he said.

You can drop off school supplies or donations through July 26th at the Navy Exchange or Lex Brodie's.